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AMD Compute Cores
« on: January 15, 2014, 08:16:13 PM »
AMD Compute Cores

At AMD, we recognize that our customers often think of processors (CPUs) and graphics cards (GPUs) in terms of the number of cores that each product has. This approach can help customers compare apples to apples.

However, AMD's accelerated processing units (APUs) combine CPUs and GPUs on a single chip, so each APU has both CPU cores and GPU cores on it.1 The question is how to talk about the number of cores on any given APU.

To answer this question, AMD uses the term "Compute Core (CC)." We have established a definition of the term "Compute Core" so that we are taking a consistent and transparent approach to describing the number of cores in our accelerated processors.

A Compute Core is any core capable of running at least one process in its own context and virtual memory space, independently from other cores.

Based on the above definition, a Compute Core can be either a CPU core or GPU core.