1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

AMD Pushes gDEBugger Away From Linux, Mac OS X

AMD

Published on 08 July 2011 10:17 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
9 Comments

gDEBugger, a program developed by Graphic Remedy for debugging, profiling, and analyzing OpenGL (and OpenCL) applications, was a very useful tool for graphics developer. gDEBugger worked with GPUs from all major vendors, is capable of locating graphics pipeline performance bottlenecks, allowed dynamically editing GLSL shaders in real-time, and had many other capabilities. This powerful utility was even made free of charge to Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux users. Graphic Remedy was acquired by AMD last month and already the non-Windows users have been shafted with their OS support being dropped.

An old version (December 2010) of gDEBugger for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux is still available from Gremedy.com along with information on all of the original features provided by this Israeli company.

Last week Advanced Micro Devices then released AMD gDEBugger from the AMD Developer Central area. This profiling utility is still a free download, but AMD has transformed it into being a Windows-only utility and one that plugs into Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. "AMD gDEBugger is an OpenCL and OpenGL debugger and memory analyzer integrated into Microsoft Visual Studio. gDEBugger offers real-time OpenCL kernel debugging, which allows developers to step into the kernel execution directly from the API call that issues it, debug inside the kernel, view all variable values across the different work groups and work items - and all this on a single computer with a single GPU. gDEBugger takes the mystery out of debugging OpenCL and OpenGL, allowing developers to peer into compute and graphic memory objects such as OpenCL images to view their contents as they change from write, copy, and kernel operations. Allocated OpenCL and OpenGL objects are monitored to allow detecting memory leaks and the scenarios that caused the leaking objects to be created, API function call logs can be viewed and saved and unrecommended and deprecated functions and behaviors are marked, with best-practice alternatives offered."

At a time when AMD hires new open-source employees and is continually making other improvements to their Linux support -- both open and closed-source -- it's a pity that they take a fledging cross-platform utility that's useful to many developers and transform it into a Windows-only Visual Studio plug-in.

The closest open-source equivalent to gDEBugger with support for debugging OpenGL graphics on Linux would likely be the recent release of ApiTrace.

About The Author
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 .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Rosewill RS-MI-01: An Ultra Low-Cost Mini-ITX Chassis
  2. D-Link DCS-2330L HD Wireless Network Camera
  3. Gigabyte AM1M-S2H
  4. AMD's New Athlon/Semprons Give Old Phenom CPUs A Big Run For The Money
Latest Linux Articles
  1. AMD Catalyst 14.4 On Linux With Radeon R3 APU Graphics
  2. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 RC Benchmarks
  3. AMD Catalyst 14.4 Brings Few Linux Performance Improvements
  4. The Performance Of Fedora 20 Updated
Latest Linux News
  1. R600 Gallium3D Lands Many OpenGL Fixes
  2. LLVMpipe Gallium3D Now Exposes GLSL 3.30
  3. NGINX 1.6 Brings SPDY 3.1 & Other New Features
  4. Linux Foundation Announces A Core Infrastructure Initiative
  5. More Steam Linux Tests/Benchmarks Might Be Coming
  6. NVIDIA's Amazing Single-Board ARM Computer Might Be Delayed
  7. Fedora 21 To Get A Playground, New Features
  8. PC-BSD Is Developing Its Own Desktop Environment
  9. Valve Is Bringing VOGL To Windows & Working On Regression Tests
  10. Canonical Is Taking Over Linux 3.13 Kernel Maintenance
  11. Google Web Designer Is Now Natively Available On Linux
  12. Ubuntu 14.10 Is Codenamed The Utopic Unicorn
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Linux Kernel Developers Fed Up With Ridiculous Bugs In Systemd
  2. HTPC-upgrade advice: AMD Richland A8-7600 or Kaveri A10-6700T ???
  3. What Else Would You Like To See On Phoronix This Spring?
  4. The GNOME Foundation Is Running Short On Money
  5. The Most Amazing OpenGL Tech Demo In 64kb
  6. Announcing radeontop, a tool for viewing the GPU usage
  7. New card. Open source drivers only.
  8. Script for Fan Speed Control