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    Phoronix: NVIDIA Publicly Releases Its OpenCL Linux Drivers

    It's been no secret that NVIDIA has been working on an OpenCL Linux driver for their graphics processors just as AMD has been doing, but up until now their beta drivers were only available to registered NVIDIA developers. Today though -- on the same day as NVIDIA's OpenCL driver launch for Windows -- they have made their OpenCL support publicly available. From the OpenCL download page is all of the NVIDIA OpenCL work, which includes the NVIDIA 190.29 display driver for Linux x86 and Linux x86_64 that implements OpenCL 1.0 in all of its glory...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzU3Mw

  • #2
    Finally!

    On a more serious note, this is great, great news. I can't wait to start working with OpenCL - should provide a nice boost to pattern matching / image recognition algorithms.

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    • #3
      NVidia leading again. Anyone seeing a pattern here?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RealNC View Post
        NVidia leading again. Anyone seeing a pattern here?
        Are you referencing that straight line I'm seeing?

        (although... ati/amd slooowly looking better and better).

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        • #5
          Interesting EULA.

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          • #6
            Too bad it is an old version. Sometimes the way they release drivers is a nightmare for distro packaging.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RealNC View Post
              NVidia leading again. Anyone seeing a pattern here?
              Well, remember that AMD released a CPU oriented OpenCL beta a few months ago.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mtippett View Post
                Well, remember that AMD released a CPU oriented OpenCL beta a few months ago.
                Which happens to be completely broken on windows (functions are decorated with a "_" prefix, meaning you can't even link against the library). The Linux version thankfully works a little better than that, but still...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tmpdir View Post
                  Are you referencing that straight line I'm seeing?

                  (although... ati/amd slooowly looking better and better).
                  Good point. If you're already a lot ahead, it's not a definitive sign of improved performance that you stay ahead. Your competitor might just not have had enough time to catch you up yet.

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                  • #10
                    At least this gives people something to use, so at the time AMD releases something that works, there might be a few OpenCL apps out there that we can use.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                      NVidia leading again. Anyone seeing a pattern here?
                      The rate at which nVidia is advancing their closed source driver is slower than the pace of ATI driver development.

                      Talk to you again in a year or so when AMD has both a kickass closed source driver with more releases and a fully functional Open Source Gallium3D driver

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
                        The rate at which nVidia is advancing their closed source driver is slower than the pace of ATI driver development.

                        Talk to you again in a year or so when AMD has both a kickass closed source driver with more releases and a fully functional Open Source Gallium3D driver
                        And in two years AMD drivers will go on beer runs! Something to look forward to...

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                        • #13
                          Someone really smart could do h.264 decoder-on-steroids now.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mirza View Post
                            Someone really smart could do h.264 decoder-on-steroids now.
                            Unfortunately, you'd need an OpenCL-capable GPU for this - and OpenCL-capable GPUs tend to have dedicated (and faster!) video decoding blocks already. Given the shared buffers between OpenCL/OpenGL, this would probably be a viable approach for video decoding on Gallium drivers (unless there are plans to add a dedicated video decoding API/tracker - no idea).

                            Now, OpenCL-based encoding and we are talking.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mirza View Post
                              Someone really smart could do h.264 decoder-on-steroids now.
                              seeing as you need to be using a nvidia driver you might as well use vdpau. It wroks today and is much more efficient.

                              What would be cool is if someone added h.264 acceleration to encoding with opencl.

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