Intel oneAPI Level Zero Being Packaged Up For Fedora

Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 8 December 2022 at 05:12 AM EST. 1 Comment
While Intel's GPU compute stack for Linux is fully open-source, one area where it still has room for improvement is getting it packaged up on more Linux distributions. The reference binaries published by Intel for their Compute-Runtime and Level Zero components are just Debian/Ubuntu packages but with time -- and as Arc Graphics and other hardware becomes available -- we are seeing more distributions taking a stab at offering up their own package builds.

Fedora already ships an "intel-compute-runtime" package for those wanting to make use of their OpenCL compute potential but hasn't shipped the generic oneAPI Level Zero loader and header files. That part is now changing.

A "level-zero" package is now being worked on to ship the oneAPI Level Zero headers and loader for loading the hardware/driver-specific L0 implementations like that of the Intel Compute Runtime.

This will make it easier to introduce oneAPI Level Zero accelerated packages within Fedora like Blender 3.3+ with its oneAPI/L0 back-end. With time as oneAPI takes off more, this package will become all the more useful and suspect more Linux distributions will be packaging up these open-source Intel software components.

The level-zero packaging for Fedora is currently pending a review request. Those interested can find out more on the level-zero Fedora package via this Red Hat Bugzilla ticket.
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