HIP and ROCm come to Guix

Ludovic Courtès, Thomas Gibson, Kjetil Haugen, Florent Pruvost — January 30, 2024

We have some exciting news to share: AMD has just contributed 100+ Guix packages adding several versions of the whole HIP and ROCm stack! ROCm is AMD’s Radeon Open Compute Platform, a set of low-level support tools for general-purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPGPUs), and HIP is the Heterogeneous Interface for Portability, a language one can use to write code (computational kernels) targeting GPUs or CPUs. The whole stack is free and “open source” software—a breath of fresh air!—and is seeing increasing adoption in HPC. And, it can now be deployed with Guix!

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