Snow Leopard's Grand Central and OpenCL Details?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Roughly Drafted provides a birds-eye view of the key technologies coming in Mac OS X Snow Leopard. While Apple's press release and later comments by Steve Jobs provides hints of what Grand Central and OpenCL are planning to accomplish, this article adds a few extra details.

    According to the article, Apple's Grand Central is a new thread management architecture which simplifies the developer's task to support multi-threading:
    With the recent trend towards multi-core CPUs, exploiting multi-threaded designs is required to take advantage of today's processors. As expected, OpenCL will allow developers to also pass off tasks to the computer's Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). However, it appears OpenCL code will be stored as bytecode to allow for just-in-time compilation (same as Core Image) allowing applications to be specifically optimized to the graphics hardware it is being run on. Similarly, Grand Central will oversee OpenCL tasks as well, to optimally route code to the best available processor.

    Apple expects to ship the final version of Mac OS X Snow Leopard in "about a year".

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  2. jawzzy macrumors regular

    May 13, 2007
    New York
    Wow, actually can't wait for Snow Leopard. Glad that SOMEONE is looking to build a solid, fast foundation for future development rather than adding shiny fluff.
  3. ckurowic macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2007
    yeah for sure. PPC whiners need not post.
  4. acvball92 macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2008
    Fairfield County, CT
  5. jons macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2008
    I absolutely agree. I see this as being a huge step forward for Apple. It will really bring new life to the existing multi-core macs.

    MS should take note here especially. Instead of building some shiny features on top of a 20 year old kernal, work on optimizing and refining the user experience from the bottom up based on stability and speed.

    Bravo Apple.

    - js
  6. verniesgarden macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2007
    Portland, Or
    i'm seeing this as a new step towards a none "OS X" maybe OS11, but i can't think of what horrible name they could give it to match mobileme and ... snow leopard, did the guy in charge of naming products at apple quit or something?
  7. sirjorj macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2007
    I am more excited about Snow Leopard than I ever was for Leopard! The Grand Central is looking to be very impressive.

    I think "Snow Leopard" makes sense because to most end users, it really won't be much different than Leopard.

    jorj, waiting for OS X 10.7 "Tabby" ;)
  8. aLoC macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    Multithreading is when two parts of your program run at the same time. Grand Central doesn't sound like multithreading, it sounds like instead of processes or threads being the thing you schedule on a processor, you instead schedule some kind of work unit.

    That in itself wouldn't allow for more parallelism, but would mean you could ensure that processors can be "filled up" regardless of the relative granularities of your tasks or threads.
  9. gonnabuyamac macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2006
    I'm definitely excited about this. My half year old MacBook Pro is constantly buggy - whether it's that annoying graphics glitch, or staring at a beach ball for minutes, or random system freeze ups that end up requiring a hard shut down. I'm ready for some of that stability and reliability that Apple is supposed to be known for.
  10. Luveno macrumors member


    May 12, 2006
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    It would be amazing if Grand Central tied in with xgrid, to allow for applications to easily exploit idle network cpu's if they're listening as xgrid nodes. Wouldn't be practical for most apps, but tasks like video encoding could benefit from being optimized to make use of multiple cpu's on a network. That's likely just a pipe dream, but a guy can dream :)
  11. mr.steevo macrumors 65816


    Jul 21, 2004

    Wouldn't Snow Leopard run on multi core G5's?

  12. Nugget macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    Houston Texas USA
    The big disappointment to me is that Apple are announcing 'iCal Server 2' as a 10.6 Snow Leopard feature in OS X Server. I guess this means that we'll have to wait "about a year" before iCal Server is even remotely viable to use, because it's pretty freakin' useless as it exists today in 10.5 Leopard.

    I was hoping for a point-level release fixing some of the more egregious problems with iCal Server, but I guess that's off the table now.

    As good as OS X is on the desktop, it's a pretty miserable experience on the server.
  13. ckurowic macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2007
    Aye aye, server master :rolleyes:
  14. ckurowic macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2007
    NO. Please do some research before posting. Snow Leopard is for INTEL CPU'S ONLY. The way it SHOULD be.
  15. ckurowic macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2007
    Get rid of all that crap 3rd party software you undoubtedly have. I've had ZERO kernal panics/freezing with 10.5. That goes all the way back to 10.5.0 on my G5 1.6GHz up to my new 2.4GHz iMac Intel.
  16. JCarrera macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2008
    Snow Leopard to make the most of Nehalem

    looks like the "core" chip architecture
    of which the Penryn is a part of is going
    to be replaced by the Nehalem


    Nehaem will have more cores and
    will allow two threads per core so it
    will allow much greater multi threading
    than the current chip architecture on
    which OS X runs

    Looks like Snow Leopard "out in about
    a year's time" is being planned to make
    the most of Nehalem chips such as the
    Clarksfield and Auburndale that will
    come after Penryns in 2Q09.

  17. ckurowic macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2007
    Thank you for all your wisdom, Apple software engineer. Oh, the sarcasm, it kills me. :rolleyes:
  18. D4F Guest


    Sep 18, 2007
    Planet Earth
    I still wonder what will happen with software compatibility.
    I have invested over $7500 on what I use and if this becomes worthless on new systems I will be one mad camper.
  19. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    Other than ActiveSync, Snow Leopard is not supposed to bring any improvement to PPC machines, so why exactly would you upgrade at all? Any serious security and stability fixes will be delivered as updates to 10.5, so there will be no need for PPC users to upgrade to Snow Leopard. It's meant to prepare OS X for the advent of 16+ GB memory, multi-core CPUs, and other future technologies. You don't have to upgrade, and I don't see why you would feel left behind if you didn't. It's simply not an upgrade that addresses your hardware.
  20. bigwig macrumors 6502a

    Sep 15, 2005
    pthreads, anybody? GC seems overweight and redundant to me.
  21. sparkleytone macrumors 68020


    Oct 28, 2001
    Greensboro, NC
    People like you give Mac users a bad name. Stop.
  22. Shackler macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2007
    behind you!
    this is probably to dumb to ask but whatever.
    But does microsoft have technology like this?
  23. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    I hope it isn't $129, because that wouldn't really be worth it to me then. Make it 50 bucks and I'll take 3.
  24. ventro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2006
    Snow Leopard. Twice as Fast. Half the Price. Now on all Intel PC's. $65.
  25. Full of Win macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    Sure, after they get an early version of 10.6 they will.

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