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On the left are three small red arrows, connected at their bases and curved to point upward. On the right is the word Framewave, spelled with normal capitalizing and spacing. Letters in the word frame are black. Letters in word wave are black on the bottom and red on top.
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Developer(s)Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
Initial releaseSeptember 19, 2007; 12 years ago (2007-09-19)
Stable release
1.3.1 / July 9, 2009; 10 years ago (2009-07-09)
Written inC, C++
Operating systemLinux, macOS, Solaris, Windows
PlatformIA-32, x86-64
Available inEnglish
LicenseApache 2.0

Framewave (formerly AMD Performance Library (APL)) is computer software, a high-performance optimized programming library, consisting of low level application programming interfaces (APIs) for image processing, signal processing, JPEG, and video functions. These APIs are programmed with task level parallelization (multi-threading) and instruction-level parallelism single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) for maximum performance on multi-core processors from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

Framewave is free and open-source software released under the Apache License version 2.0, which is compatible with the GNU General Public License (GPL) 3.0.[1]


The AMD Performance Library was developed by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) as a collection of popular software routines designed to accelerate application development, debugging, and optimization on x86 class processors. It includes simple arithmetic routines, and more complex functions for applications such as image and signal processing. APL is available as a static library for 32- or 64-bit versions of GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 4.1 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, and as a 32- or 64-bit dynamic library for the operating systems Linux, Solaris, and Windows.

In 2008, AMD deprecated the APL library in favor of an open-source derivative named Framewave.[1][2][3]

Framewave is available as 32- and 64-bit static libraries for GCC 4.3 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, and as 32- and 64-bit dynamic libraries for the operating systems Linux, macOS, Solaris, and Windows. Relative to Framewave 1.0, noticeable performance gains occurred in several APIs, including JPEG.


Framewave consists of the following main components: [4]

APL 1.1[edit]

Released on 2007-09-19, APL 1.1 added these feature enhancements:[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "AMD Accelerates Application Development with Inaugural Release of Open Source Performance Library". AMD. February 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  2. ^ "AMD Performance Library (APL)". AMD. February 20, 2008. Archived from the original on January 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  3. ^ "The Framewave Project". AMD. February 20, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  4. ^ "AMD Performance Library (APL)". AMD. February 1, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-06-02. Retrieved 2007-06-05.
  5. ^ "APL Product Features". AMD. September 19, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-09-19.

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