Intel Kaby Lake Support Added To Beignet OpenCL
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 16 August 2016 at 08:53 AM EDT. Add A Comment
Intel's Beignet project for providing open-source OpenCL support for Intel HD/Iris Graphics hardware on Linux now has support for upcoming Kaby Lake processors.

With the work that landed today by Intel's Yang Rong, there is the run-time support and back-end support. The code is closely derived from Beignet's existing Skylake "Gen 9" support due to not many architectural differences with Kaby Lake.

Intel is expected to officially release Kaby Lake in late 2016 or there's been even some rumors not until early 2017 at CES. Kaby Lake is bringing HEVC Main10 and VP9 10-bit hardware video decoding support, HDCP 2.2, native USB 3.1 Gen2, and faster graphics/video playback support.

Intel Open-Source Technology Center developers have been working on the Kaby Lake Linux support for quite a number of months already. With the latest Git code of the Linux kernel, Mesa, etc, things appear to be mostly in place. So assuming you are using a Q3~Q4'2016 Linux distribution, the out-of-the-box Kaby Lake experience will hopefully be good at launch time. Of course, there will be tests on Phoronix when the launch occurs.
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