OpenCL – Finally a generic GPGPU API?!


My first thought when Apple announced OpenCL at this years’ WWDC was ‘Not another GPGPU language!’. While details are still sparse, the Wikipedia article states that OpenCL is submitted to Khronos.

This is indeed good news. So far I have shunned GPGPU languages since they tend to be proprietary or not generally available. While using API’s like CUDA or RMDP is relatively easy, the last 10% of motivation where always missing for me since it would only work on one platform or cost money.

I hope that OpenCL is going to be adopted fast (I am looking at you nVidia, Intel and ATI!) and becomes as ubiquitous as OpenGL.

Edit: It is official!

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2 Responses to “OpenCL – Finally a generic GPGPU API?!”

  1. Kwang Yul Seo Says:

    What is RMDP? Is it a GPGPU language similar to NVIDIA’s CUDA?

  2. eile Says:

    RMDP is Rapidmind’s development platform, similar to CUDA but from a software vendor. See http://www.rapidmind.net/ for more information.

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