X-bit Labs writes AMD will add a GPGPU store to a new version of the Catalyst Control Center. The move will give the company a more efficient way to market applications for its Fusion platform.
At present AMD advertizes GPGPU-enabled programs on its own web-site, which is hardly an efficient way of advertizing; AMD also informs end-users of GPGPU-enabled programs using Catalyst Control Center; it in addition, the company is working with its hardware partners among computer makers who are planning to launch their own online application stores to ensure that users of Fusion systems are properly advised to get GPGPU-enabled apps. Moreover, a new version of Catalyst Control Center will also be able to direct end-users to software that takes advantage of Fusion. In addition, the company is working on a generally better way of informing end-users about apps that utilize unique capabilities of Fusion chips. AMD remains tight-lipped whether this way would be a kind of app store within the CCC or something else.
"We are building a different version of Catalyst Control Center for Fusion systems. We will absolutely show applications within Catalyst that are optimized for Fusion. As far as our app store strategy will be, we are still developing that as we are building a larger catalogue of software. [Currently there are] 15 to 20 applications optimized for Fusion and that number will grow because our OpenCL SDK matures, we begin to sample Llano APUs to ISVs; [as a result] we [eventually] will need to think of more evolved app store strategy than a Web repository of a content," said Mr. Taylor.