Mac OS X 10.6 to utilise GPU Acceleration Page: 1
Mac OS X 10.6 to utilise GPU Acceleration
 
The folks at Apple have been busily working on their next release of Mac OS X code-named Snow Leopard. While the release doesn't really promise anything new feature-wise; it has however, a distinct focus on performance. According to Apple they are making a concerted effort in this area for future versions of the Operating System:
 
...rather than new eye candy, Snow Leopard may turn out to be a critical transitional release that lays the foundation for future OS X features.
 
One of these 'interesting' new performance features that we can expect from Snow Leopard is GPU acceleration.
 
Snow Leopard is optimized for multi-core processors using a new technology called “GrandCentral”, which appears to become a simplified development platform for multi-threaded OS X applications. The new OS will also raise the memory limit to 16 TB and support Open Computing Language (OpenCL), a C-based programming language that lets “any application tap into the vast gigaflops of GPU computing power previously available only to graphics applications”. GPU support may be the most critical feature of the operating system and given the implications of available hardware we have to scratch our head why Microsoft hasn’t come up with a similar idea for Windows yet. If it was up to us, we would take GPU support over multi-touch on the desktop any day.
 
According to the source article, Snow Leopard includes out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange 2007 and is scheduled to ship “in about a year”.
 
Big things ahead for Apple it seems...
 
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