AMD's HSA technology offers an intermediary language to run parallel jobs on the integrated GPU of Kaveri chips using the same memory address space and on die cache. Because of Haskell's functional nature it knows when it is safe to run code in parallel and when it is not, so couldn't Haskell be adopted to seamlessly use the iGPU for things like list comprehension etc by targeting this new IL?submitted by bat_country
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An update to my status. My doctors continue to monitor my heart infection, but it appears cleared up, along with the problems in my abdomen.
I met with my urologist on 4 Feb. My latest CAT scan (27 Jan) shows a small mass in my liver and that the tumour on my left kidney has not grown. The mass is unlikely to be a metastasis of the tumour, but the first order of business is to biopsy my liver; this should happen in the next two weeks, and it may take a further two weeks to get the results. Meanwhile, I am on the waiting list for keyhole surgery to remove my left kidney; this should happen in about six weeks. (Hospitals are fined £1000 if it takes more than four weeks, but the Western General currently has thirty people over that limit.) Recovery time is about four weeks. So, with luck, back to work in ten weeks, mid-April.
All four kidney surgeons at the Western General are in the top 10% in the country, so I am in good hands. If keyhole surgery converts to ordinary surgery the recovery time is three months; this happens in 4% of cases. My doctor says it is unlikely to happen to me because, compared to most of his patients, I am young, fit, and slim. Not words I usually hear applied to myself!
Previously: Status report, A paean to the Western General.
The infection of my heart and abdomen appears cured, and I am feeling much better. I am awaiting an appointment with urology. It is likely the kidney will need to be removed. The tumour, I am told, is too small to have metastasised. I will have better information once I meet my urologist, but my current guess is that I will be back at work sometime in March.
My thanks to the NHS and to the Western General Hospital for the excellent treatment I have received, and to all my colleagues for their support.