Building and Running

There are several OpenCL examples that are part of the OpenCL package installation. They are located in the /usr/share/ti/examples/opencl[+openmp] directories on the target file system.

The examples can be cross-compiled in an X86 development environment, or compiled natively on Linux running on the Cortex-A15s.

Native Compilation on the EVM

All the examples can be built by invoking ‘make’ from the top-level directory where the OpenCL examples are installed/copied to. Individual examples can be built by navigating to the desired directory and issuing ‘make’.


On an X86/Linux development environment the example makefiles are setup to cross-compile by default.

Required Environment Variables


Points to the linux devkit. E.g. <Processor SDK Linux install path>/linux-devkit/sysroots/armv7ahf-neon-linux-gnueabi Please check your SDK install, the name of the directory under sysroots can change with SDK versions.


The OpenCL runtime is dependent on the C66x DSP compiler product for the compilation of OpenCL C kernels. When OpenCL C kernels are compiled on the target ARM/Linux system, the C66x compiler is assumed to be installed in the standard Linux locations. However, off-line cross compilation of OpenCL C kernels is also supported from x86 Ubuntu machines and in that use case, it is required that this environment variable is set to the top level directory path where the C66x cross compiler tools are installed.

Additions to the path

  1. <Processor SDK Linux install path>/linux-devkit/sysroots/x86_64-arago-linux/usr/bin to get the cross compilers (e.g. arm-linux-gnueabihf-g++).
  2. $TI_OCL_CGT_INSTALL/bin to get the TI C6000 code generation tools (cl6x).

After setting the environment variables described above and making the additions to your path, the examples can be built by invoking ‘make’ from examples directory.