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Group Wants to Create An Open Standard for Accelerator Programming

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The open standard aims to create a cross-platform software stack for GPUs and other accelerators.

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The Linux Foundation has announced the formation of the Unified Acceleration (UXL) Foundation, a group of companies whose goal is to deliver "an open standard accelerator programming model that simplifies development of performant, cross-platform applications."

The list of founding members is conspicuously missing Nvidia, which offers its own CUDA programming model for working with its GPUs.

The UXL foundation is an evolution of the oneAPI initiative, which also aims to create a new programming model to make it easier for developers to support a wide range of accelerators, whether they are GPUs, FPGAs, or other specialized accelerators. As with the oneAPI spec, the aim of the new foundation is to ensure that developers can make use of these technologies without having to delve deep into the specifics of the underlying accelerators and the infrastructure they run on.

The UXL Foundation plans to take the oneAPI specification and help implement it across the industry.

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