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    Default Khronos Finalizes The OpenCL 2.0 Specification

    Phoronix: Khronos Finalizes The OpenCL 2.0 Specification

    The latest news from Supercomputing SC13 is word that the Khronos Group has finalized the OpenCL 2.0 specification for heterogeneous computing...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTUxODc

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    It just seems insane that opensource drivers are unable to use recent opengl and opencl versions.

    Is there really that few of people with the know how to write opengl drivers? And are they all employed by AMD and Nvidia?

    Maybe it should be called obscuregl or open in name only gl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toyotabedzrock View Post
    It just seems insane that opensource drivers are unable to use recent opengl and opencl versions.

    Is there really that few of people with the know how to write opengl drivers? And are they all employed by AMD and Nvidia?

    Maybe it should be called obscuregl or open in name only gl.
    I absolutely agree with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toyotabedzrock View Post
    It just seems insane that opensource drivers are unable to use recent opengl and opencl versions.

    Is there really that few of people with the know how to write opengl drivers? And are they all employed by AMD and Nvidia?

    Maybe it should be called obscuregl or open in name only gl.
    Yes, there are really only a small number of people with the know how to do this work, especially the actual drivers part.

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    It would be great if Intel could come up with discrete GPUs or more powerful solutions for desktop users

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    Is OpenCL 2 backwards compatible with previous hardware or does it require new OpenCL 2 compatible hardware?

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    The thing is, The Khronos Group is the graphic cards manufacturer (Intel, Nvidia, AMD, and others).
    So I think it's far more easier to come up with quickly implemented functionnalities according to the standard if there are already some people working on it before it is standard, instead of discovering what the next function to implement will be on the next OpenXX release.

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    OpenCL 2.0 looks like a huge step forward for heterogenous computing. ARM especially could use it with their big.Little chips and cache coherent GPU's. Too bad they seem to be quite slow in supporting OpenCL, and they're only just now adding support for OpenCL 1.2 for their late 2014 chips.

    Of course AMD will take advantage of it first, and they have the most advanced CPU/GPU integration out there anyway, but it's too bad they also have quite small market share, and their impact on the market won't be that huge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krysto View Post
    OpenCL 2.0 looks like a huge step forward for heterogenous computing.
    i'll be convinced on how effective the step forward is when blender cycles dev's say they can render on OpenCL reliably...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedibeeftrix View Post
    i'll be convinced on how effective the step forward is when blender cycles dev's say they can render on OpenCL reliably...
    I totally agree. +1

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