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OpenCL On Linux Is Still Not Too Easy, Widespread

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Published on 02 June 2013 05:24 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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While there's OpenCL drivers available for Linux, on Ubuntu there is no OpenCL driver shipped by default and the proprietary driver implementations aren't always great.

Intel has their closed-source OpenCL SDK for the CPU, AMD has their OpenCL support in the Catalyst driver, and NVIDIA has their OpenCL/CUDA support bundled within their binary driver. When it comes to open-source support, the Gallium3D OpenCL support is still primitive and isn't shipped by default. Intel has the Beignet project for open-source OpenCL but that's even worse off than the Gallium3D OpenCL support.

For details on the experiences of using OpenCL on Ubuntu 13.04 and other information, an open-source developer, Michal Hruby, has written about it on his blog.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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