AMD Joins The Document Foundation to accelerate LibreOffice

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AMD Joins The Document Foundation to accelerate LibreOffice

Postby henke54 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:36 pm

Marius Nestor at Softpedia wrote:Today, July 3, The Document Foundation (TDF) announced in a press release that the famous AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) company joined its Advisory Board, in order to accelerate the development of the LibreOffice open source office suite.

It appears that AMD will try to bring its Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) technology to the already powerful and featureful LibreOffice office suite, especially for spreadsheet users.

"It is great to work on LibreOffice with The Document Foundation to expose the raw power of AMD GPUs and APUs, initially to spreadsheet users."

"Bringing the parallelism and performance of our technology to traditional, mainstream business software users will be a welcome innovation for heavy duty spreadsheet users," said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, Heterogeneous Solutions at AMD, in the press release.

Also, The Document Foundation is proud to announce that its Advisory Board includes eleven memebers: AMD, Google, Red Hat, SUSE, Intel, Lanedo, KACST, MIMO, the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Software in the Public Interest, and Freies Office Deutschland e.V.

Lain Thomson at TheRegister wrote:There's still a large OpenOffice user base, but the increasing industry support for LibreOffice has got to be worrying for the original squad.

Jon Brodkin at ArsTecnica wrote:The makers of LibreOffice are teaming up with AMD so that the open source office suite can take greater advantage of graphics processing units (GPUs). The partnership is geared toward optimization for AMD's upcoming Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA), but LibreOffice developers say their work will make spreadsheets go faster for users of just about any type of computer.

Joel Hruska at ExtremeTech wrote:Tongue-in-cheek justifications for upgrading aside, Calc isn’t exactly Microsoft Office, and baking GPU enhancements into the product isn’t going to change that. Done well, however, it’s possible that it’ll give Libre Office a competitive angle against its far-larger rival. More importantly, it increases the general level of integration between CPU and GPU.

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