Intel Beignet Advances On More OpenCL 2.0 Support
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 8 November 2016 at 07:05 AM EST. 7 Comments
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What a wonderful birthday surprise, waking up to see that Intel's open-source Beignet project for OpenCL support on Intel graphics hardware has landed a bunch of OpenCL 2.0 enablement work.

The "OCL20" branch of Beignet hasn't been touched in five months so it was a big surprise seeing a lot of OpenCL 2.0 related code hitting Beignet master. The work includes SVM support, adding the new APIs, atomic A64 instructions, support for more of OCL20 functions, generic atomics, runtime extensions, pipe built-in support, work group barrier support, and much more.

There's been over 50 commits in the past hour of all OpenCL 2.0 bring-up work. It actually looks like a large portion of OpenCL 2.0 is now implemented by Beignet, but unfortunately I don't know of any public TODO list for the project. Hopefully the Intel developers will be able to comment on the forum what's left to do before officially advertising OpenCL 2.0 with Beignet. Great to see it finally coming together with having monitored Beignet for years and the overall open-source OpenCL driver ecosystem leaving a lot to be desired.

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