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Users of open-source productivity suite LibreOffice, which forked away from OpenOffice.org in 2010, will soon be able to make the most of their GPUs when using the Calc spreadsheet app, courtesy of a partnership between Open Office Foundation (the outfit behind LibreOffice) and chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices.
AMD is now a member of the Open Office Foundation’s advisory board, the latter said in a press release Wednesday. The GPU maker plans to make its presence felt immediately by using its expertise to help optimize the LibreOffice spreadsheet app for GPUs.
“It is great to work on LibreOffice with The Document Foundation to expose the raw power of AMD GPUs and APUs, initially to spreadsheet users,” Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, Heterogeneous Solutions at AMD, was quoted as saying in the press release. “Bringing the parallelism and performance of our technology to traditional, mainstream business software users will be a welcome innovation for heavy duty spreadsheet users, particularly when combined with the compute capabilities of the upcoming generation of AMD Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) based products.”
Although those with AMD APUs will benefit the most, other users of LibreOffice, which has traditionally struggled with larger data sets, can also look forward to faster, better spreadsheets.
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