AMD plans to Open Source more Radeon Software and provide more hardware documentation to devs

AMD plans to Open Source more software and provide more hardware details as interest in Radeon GPUs grows

Interest in AMD Radeon graphics cards is growing. This is thanks to the popularity of generative AI, and the industry’s desire to have strong non-Nvidia hardware options. Nvidia cannot produce enough high-end AI GPUs/Accelerators to keep up with demand. That fact alone gives AMD a lot of growth potential.

AMD has now announced that they plan to Open Source more of their Radeon software stack. Specifically, this likely means that more of ROCm (Radeon Open Compute PlatforM) will be open sourced. ROCm is a software stack that includes a broad set of programming models, tools, compilers, libraries, and runtimes for AI and HPC solution development on AMD GPUs. At this time, it’s unknown what Radeon softwares will be Open Sourced by AMD.

AMD has also stated that they will soon be providing more hardware documentation to developers. This will help 3rd party companies that wish to sell AMD hardware for computational purposes. In effect, this change will help 3rd parties to utilise (and sell) Radeon hardware. This is great news for AMD, as they will generate additional sales. The GPU compute market will also benefit greatly by having more viable Radeon-based options on the market. Competition is good, right?

Earlier this year, AMD released ROCm 6.0. This released broadened ROCm’s support for consumer-grade Radeon GPUs. Today, ROCm supports Radeon RX 7900 XTX, RX 7900 XT, and RX 7900 GRE graphics cards. It also supports Radeon Pro W7900 and W7800 GPUs.

Ultimately, these efforts from AMD should help them to sell more hardware. AMD wants to benefit as much as possible from the growth of AI, and they need the support of developers to do that. Opening up their software and hardware will help AMD to achieve these aims.

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