AMD, the giant CPU and GPU manufacturer, is now a member of the Open Office Foundation’s advisory board, the organization behind LibreOffice. This was announced by the Open Office Foundation in a press release on Wednesday. AMD is planning to make an impact immediately by using its expertise to help optimize the LibreOffice spreadsheet app for GPUs.
In other words, users of LibreOffice, a fork of OpenOffice, will soon be able to get the best of their GPUs when using the Calc spreadsheet app, thank to this new partnership between Open Office Foundation and AMD.
“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.”
With this new partnership, people who use computers with AMD chips will benefit the most. But other users of LibreOffice, which has been known for usually struggling with larger data sets, can hope for faster, better spreadsheets in the near future.
And with the addition of AMD, the Advisory Board of The Document Foundation now has eleven members: AMD, Google, RedHat, SUSE, Intel, Lanedo, the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST), the Inter-Ministry Mutalisation for an Open Productivity Suite (MIMO), the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Software in the Public Interest, and Freies Office Deutschland e.V.