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Collaboration and Open Source at AMD: LibreOffice
« on: July 20, 2015, 08:27:03 AM »
This article is part of an occasional series about what developers can do when they collaborate. AMD is a real believer in open source projects. Our developers actively contribute to and maintain a variety of open source projects, from highly optimized math libraries to… well, let’s talk about LibreOffice.

In case you haven’t heard about LibreOffice, it is an open source project that provides end users with a powerful suite of office productivity software: spreadsheet, word processor, and presentation software. You can learn all about LibreOffice here.

AMD engineers contribute to this project, for good reason. Think about what happens behind a spreadsheet calculation. There can be a huge amount of math. Writing software to take advantage of a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for general purpose computing is non-trivial. We know how to do it. AMD engineers wrote OpenCL™ kernels, and contributed them to the open source code base.
 
The goal was to accelerate the math behind spreadsheets in LibreOffice.