LibreOffice Improves Calc Performance
In its largest code refactoring ever, LibreOffice has overhauled its spreadsheet program known as Calc. The new update for Calc, which comes with LibreOffice 4.2, improves performance when handling large sets of data. LibreOffice has introduced a formula interpreter that enables the calculation of formula cells, by making use of both the central processing unit and graphics processing unit. OpenCL is efficiently used, which allows applications like Calc to make use of the computing power of a GPU. The company specifically stated that the new formula interpreter works best with Heterogeneous System Architecture systems.
Italo Vignoli, the spokesman for LibreOffice, stated that due to LibreOffice being created during the nineties, the architecture of the suite needed updated since it was not modern. Vignoli also noted that the new version of Calc not only improves performance for users that manage large spreadsheets, but that it also sees the addition of improved charting features.
LibreOffice 4.2 includes many other improvements for the suite besides the refactoring of Calc, and is available for immediate download.