Whether your code runs on industry-standard PCs or is embedded in devices for specific uses, chances are there’s more than one processor that you can utilize. Graphics processors, DSPs and other hardware accelerators often sit idle while CPUs crank away at code better served elsewhere. That was the genesis of the Open Computing Language (OpenCL) nearly a decade ago.
OpenCL provides the framework for writing C and C++ code that runs on “all of the above,” and Intel, as a strong supporter of OpenCL, offers the Intel® SDK for OpenCL™ Applications, a comprehensive development environment for writing and optimizing OpenCL applications on Intel platforms. The SDK is part of a vast portfolio of Intel tools for heterogeneous computing, and it supports the offloading of compute-intensive parallel workloads to Intel graphics technology, thanks to an advanced compiler for OpenCL kernels, a runtime debugger, and a code performance analyzer.
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