OpenCL 2.2 With SPIR-V 1.2 now Available for Download

OpenCL 2.2 With SPIR-V 1.2

The Khronos Group has announced the release of the latest version of OpenCL 2.2 with SPIR-V 1.2. This new version comes with improvements, fixes and new features requested by developers.

OpenCL (Open Computing Language) is an open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming. It supports a variety of processors ranging from personal computers, servers, mobile and embedded platforms.

OpenCL is used in gaming, entertainment, scientific, medical and other applications to greatly improve speed and responsiveness.

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Highlights of OpenCL 2.2 With SPIR-V 1.2

OpenCL 2.2 now defines the OpenCL C++ kernel language as a static subset of the C++14 standard. What this does is it introduces classes, templates, lambda expressions, function overloads etc to increase parallel programming productivity through generic and meta-programming.

This version also includes SPIR-V 1.2 (Standard Portable Intermediate Representation) which is the first open standard and cross-platform API intermediate language for natively representing parallel compute and graphics. It comes with full support for the new OpenCL C++ kernel language.

WIth all this, C++ is now a first-class kernel language in the OpenCL standard. More details about the final OpenCL 2.2 With SPIR-V 1.2 standards can be found here.