Adobe accelerates CS6 with OpenCL

Speed for the unwashed masses

AMD FirePro LogoAdobe and AMD today announced that the next Creative Suite 6 (CS6) will be OpenCL based. This is quite an interesting turn of events from the last version, and is a big step forward towards open standards.

If you recall, the last version of Creative Suite was GPU accelerated based on Nvidia’s Cuda, thus locking it to Nvidia’s GPUs. CS6 breaks that, and with OpenGL and OpenCL acceleration, it should work just fine on all GPUs, CPUs, and even ARM chips should that ever be needed. It could even be accelerated on Macs now too.

Given that Adobe’s Tom Malloy is giving a keynote at AMD’s AFDS conference this June, you would be forgiven if you thought the two were somewhat related. The best part of all of this is that now, CS6 can be GPU accelerated on an off the shelf consumer GPU, you don’t need to spend thousands on an overpriced ‘pro’ card. A pro card may make things go a little faster, but now with CS6, OpenCL means that you can get a lot of that goodness with from the cards you already own.S|A

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