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 Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

OpenCL Is Coming To The GIMP Via GEGL

Free Software

Published on 16 August 2011 05:05 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
55 Comments

Outside of the direct X.Org / Mesa / Linux work being done this year as part of Google's Summer of Code, one of the more interesting projects is work by a student developer with GIMP who is bringing OpenCL support to the graphics program's GEGL image library.

With OpenCL, tasks like a brightness and contrast adjustments to an image can be offloaded to a GPU or multi-core CPU using this Khronos compute language. In a test of the brightness-contrast filter in OpenCL, 483 milliseconds was needed when on the NVIDIA GPU in OpenCL while it took 526 milliseconds on the CPU without OpenCL. Most of the 483 milliseconds was spent transferring data to/from the GPU memory.

The student developer behind this OpenCL GEGL work wrote a status update in this blog post. "Results so far show that using OpenCL to speed up Gegl is feasible and very interesting, thought still there is some challenges to be tackled, the tiled structure of Gegl allows a lot of optimizations."

Right now the OpenCL work for GEGL is living in this branch on GNOME.org.

Of course, the big problem is that the open-source Linux graphics drivers don't yet support OpenCL. There's work in this direction over Gallium3D via another Google Summer of Code project, but it's not yet ready for end-users nor will it likely be anytime soon. Those looking to use OpenCL on Linux are required to use the binary NVIDIA or AMD Catalyst Linux drivers and/or to install the Intel OpenCL SDK.

GEGL is the Generic Graphics Library that's been in development for over a decade and only recently has its usage been ramped up by GIMP. Beyond this library allowing advancements like OpenCL support, it also supports higher bit-depth images than supported otherwise by GIMP, non-destructive editing, and has other advantages too. There's an external API to GEGL that can implement this graphics library beyond just the GIMP too. More GEGL library details can be found at GEGL.org.

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 Articles & Reviews
  1. Sub-$20 802.11n USB WiFi Adapter That's Linux Friendly
  2. The Lenovo T450s Is Working Beautifully With Linux
  3. Linux 4.0 SSD EXT4 / Btrfs / XFS / F2FS Benchmarks
  4. Linux 4.0 Hard Drive Comparison With Six File-Systems
  5. Lenovo ThinkPad T450s Broadwell Preview
  6. How Open-Source Allowed Valve To Implement VULKAN Much Faster On The Source 2 Engine
Latest Linux News
  1. EXT4 In Linux 4.1 Adds File-System Level Encryption
  2. Open-Source Ardour 4.0 Audio Software Has Big Improvements
  3. Linux-Powered Endless Computer Raises $100k+ In A Few Days
  4. GCC 5.1 RC2 Arrives, GCC 5.1 Planned For Next Week
  5. F2FS For Linux 4.1 Has New Features & Fixes
  6. Phoronix Server Upgrade This Weekend: Dual Haswell Xeons, 96GB DDR4
  7. Google's Experimental QUIC Transport Protocol Is Showing Promise
  8. Red Hat Joins Khronos, The Group Behind OpenGL & Vulkan
  9. NetworkManager Drops WiMAX Support
  10. Wine 1.7.41 Works More On Kernel Job Objects, MSI Patches
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. Nouveau: NVIDIA's New Hardware Is "VERY Open-Source Unfriendly"
  2. Linux 4.0 Kernel Released
  3. Microsoft Announces An LLVM-Based Compiler For .NET
  4. Linux 4.1 Brings Many Potentially Risky x86/ASM Changes
  5. VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 2 Released
  6. KDBUS Is Taking A Lot Of Heat, Might Be Delayed From Mainline Linux Kernel
  7. Mozilla Start Drafting Plans To Deprecate Insecure HTTP
  8. LibreOffice 4.5 Bumped To Become LibreOffice 5.0