Example Descriptions

The examples in this section are included in the installation of the OpenCL product. Not all of these examples are applicable to all supported device platforms.

These examples are usually small in scope and are intended to illustrate a technique, an extension, or a mode of operation. The following table provides a high level map of the example name to the features that are highlighted by that example.

The key to the codes in the table are in subsequent tables.

Name Purpose Execute Model Kernel Compile Buffer Model Profiling Extensions Techniques
abort_exit simp ndr, iot, oot B/E read   abort,exit  
blas simp iot B/F map   C  
ccode simp 1wi S/F read   C  
conv1d perf ndr,1wi B/E map host C, edma async, local, query, vec
dgemm perf iot B/E host host C, omp, msmc, edma, cache  
dspheap simp 1wi B/F     dspheap, msmc functor
dsplib_fft simp iot S/E read event C  
edmamgr simp 1wi B/E read   C, edma  
fftlib_offload simp iot B/E   host C, omp  
float_compute simp ndr B/F host host   local, async, vec
mandelbrot simp ndr S/F read host   nDev
matmpy simp 1wi B/F read host C, msmc nDev, async, local
null info iot S/E   host    
offline simp ndr B/F read event   vec
offline_embed simp ndr B/E read event   vec
ooo simp oot S/E read host   event, native
ooo_callback simp oot S/E read host   event, callback
ooo_map simp oot S/E map host   event, native
openmpbench_C_v3 info iot B/F read   C, omp  
platforms info     query      
sgemm perf 1wi B/E map host C, msmc, edma, cache local, vec
simple simp ndr S/E read     functor
timeout simp ndr,iot,oot B/E read   timeout  
vecadd simp ndr S/E host     vec
vecadd_mpax simp ndr S/E map     extMem, query, vec
vecadd_mpax_openmp simp iot S/F map event C, omp extMem, query
vecadd_openmp simp iot S/F read event C, omp  
vecadd_openmp_t simp iot S/F read event C, omp  
simp Simple illustration
perf Performance motivated
info Information gathering
Buffer Model  
read Uses enqueueReadBuffer and enqueueWriteBuffer
map Uses enqueueMapBuffer and enqueueUnmapMemObject
host Uses the CL_MEM_USE_HOST_PTR buffer creation attribute
Kernel Compile  
S/E Creates kernel program from Source Embedded in the host application
S/F Creates kernel program from Source read from a File
B/E Creates kernel program from Binary Embedded in the host application
B/F Creates kernel program from Binary read from a File
event Uses profiling timestamp information queried from OpenCL Event objects
host Uses the host clock_gettime function to measure elapsed time
device Uses __clock() or __clock64() to measure elapsed cycles on the DSP
Execution Model  
ndr Queues a generic NDRangeKernel with > 1 work-item per work-group
1wi Queues a NDRangeKernel with 1 work-item per work-group
iot Queues a Task (1 work-item) in an In Order Queue
oot Queues a Task (1 work-item) in an Out of Order Queue
C Kernels contain calls to standard C code
omp Kernels contain calls to standard C code with OpenMP pragmas
msmc Buffers created in on-chip MSMC memory are used
edma Kernels use the EdmaMgr builtin functions for DMA control
cache Kernels use the cache re-configuration builtin functions
dspheap Kernels create user defined heaps on the DSP
abort Kernels call abort() to terminate execution
exit Kernels call exit() to terminate execution
timeout Kernels terminate if the set timeout limit expires
functor The C++ binding’s Kernel Functor object is used
event OpenCL Events are used to set dependencies between enqueued commands
nDev The OpenCL application can be dynamically partitioned across multiple OpenCL devices
native The OpenCL application uses native kernels on the host
callback The callback feature is used to asynchronously call a host function on event status change
extMem The extended memory capability is used to access memory beyond the 32-bit address space
async The async_work_group_copy functions are used to move data between memory spaces
local OpenCL Local Buffers are used for performance improvement
query OpenCL platforms and/or devices are queried for attributes
vec OpenCL C vector data types are used in kernels

platforms example

This example uses the OpenCL C++ bindings to discover key platform and device information from the OpenCL implementation and print it to the screen. It also reports the version of the installed TI OpenCL product.

simple example

This is a ‘hello world’ type of example that illustrates the minimum steps needed to dispatch a kernel to a DSP device and read a buffer of data back.

mandelbrot, mandelbrot_native examples

The ‘mandelbrot’ example is an OpenCL demo that uses OpenCL to generate the pixels of a Mandelbrot set image. This example also uses the C++ OpenCL binding. The OpenCL kernels are repeatedly called generating images that are zoomed in from the previous image. This repeats until the zoom factor reaches 1E15.

This example illustrates several key OpenCL features:

  • OpenCL queues tied to potentially multiple DSP devices and a dispatch structure that allows the DSPs to cooperatively generate pixel data,
  • The event wait feature of OpenCL,
  • The division of one time setup of OpenCL to the repetitive en-queuing of kernels, and
  • The ease with which kernels can be shifted from one device type to another.

The ‘mandelbrot_native’ example is non-OpenCL native implementation (no dispatch to the DSPs) that can be used for comparison purposes. It uses OpenMP for dispatch to each ARM core. Note: The display of the resulting Mandelbrot images is currently disabled when run on the default EVM Linux file system included in the Processor SDK. Instead it will output frame information.

ccode example

This example illustrates the TI extension to OpenCL that allows OpenCL C code to call standard C code that has been compiled off-line into an object file or static library. This mechanism can be used to allow optimized C or C callable assembly routines to be called from OpenCL C code. It can also be used to essentially dispatch a standard C function, by wrapping it with an OpenCL C wrapper. Calling C++ routines from OpenCL C is not yet supported. You should also ensure that the standard C function and the call tree resulting from the standard C function do not allocate device memory, change the cache structure, or use any resources already being used by the OpenCL runtime.

matmpy example

This example performs a 1K x 1K matrix multiply using both OpenCL and a native ARM OpenMP implementation (GCC libgomp). The output is the execution time for each approach (OpenCL dispatch to the DSP vs. OpenMP dispatching to the 4 ARM A15s).

offline example

This example performs a vector addition by pre-compiling an OpenCL kernel into a device executable file. The OpenCL program reads the file containing the pre-compiled kernel in and uses it directly. If you use offline compilation to generate a .out file containing the OpenCL C program and you subsequently move the executable, you will either need to move the .out as well or the application will need to specify a non-relative path to the .out file.

vecadd_openmp example

This is an OpenCL + OpenMP example. OpenCL program is running on the host, managing data transfers, and dispatching an OpenCL wrapper kernel to the device. The OpenCL wrapper kernel will use the ccode mode (see ccode example) to call the C function that has been compiled with OpenMP options (omp). To facilitate OpenMP mode, the OpenCL wrapper kernel needs to be dispatched as an OpenCL Task to an In-Order OpenCL Queue.

vecadd_openmp_t example

This is another OpenCL + OpenMP example, similar to vecadd_openmp. The main difference with respect to vecadd_openmp is that this example uses OpenMP tasks within the OpenMP parallel region to distribute computation across the DSP cores.

vecadd example

The same functionality as the vecadd_openmp example, but expressed fully as an OpenCL application without OpenMP. Included for comparison purposes.

vecadd_mpax example

The same functionality as the vecadd example, but with extended buffers. The example iteratively traverses smaller chunks (sub-buffers) of large buffers. During each iteration, the smaller chunks are mapped/unmapped for read/write. The sub-buffers are then passed to the kernels for processing. This example could also be converted to use a pipelined scheme where different iterations of CPU computation and device computation are overlapped. NOTE: The size of the buffers in the example (determined by the variable ‘NumElements’) is dependent on the available CMEM block size. Currently this example is configured to use buffers sizes for memory configurations that can support 1.5 GB total buffer size. The example can be modified to use more (or less) based on the platform memory configuration.

vecadd_mpax_openmp example

Similar to vecadd_mpax example, but used OpenMP to perform the parallelization and the computation. This example also illustrates that printf() could be used in OpenMP C code for debugging.

dsplib_fft example

An example to compute FFTs using a routine from the dsplib library. This illustrates calling a standard C library function from an OpenCL kernel.

ooo, ooo_map examples

This application illustrates several features of OpenCL.

  • Using a combination of In-Order and Out-Of-Order queues
  • Using native kernels on the CPU
  • Using events to manage dependencies among the tasks to be executed. A JPEG in this directory illustrates the dependence graph being enforced in the application using events.

The ooo_map version additionally illustrates the use of OpenCL map and unmap operations for accessing shared memory between a host and a device. The Map/Unmap protocol can be used instead of read/write protocol on shared memory platforms.

Requires the TI_OCL_CPU_DEVICE_ENABLE environment variable to be set. For details, refer Environment Variables

null example

This application is intended to report the time overhead that OpenCL requires to submit and dispatch a kernel. A null(empty) kernel is created and dispatched so that the OpenCL profiling times queried from the OpenCL events reflects only the OpenCL overhead necessary to submit and execute the kernel on the device. This overhead is for the round-trip for a single kernel dispatch. In practice, when multiple tasks are being enqueued, this overhead is pipelined with execution and can approach zero.

sgemm example

This example illustrates how to efficiently offload the CBLAS SGEMM routine (single precision matrix multiply) to the DSPs using OpenCL. The results obtained on the DSP are compared against a cblas_sgemm call on the ARM. The example reports performance in GFlops for both DSP and ARM variants.

dgemm example

This example illustrates how to efficiently offload the CBLAS DGEMM routine (double precision matrix multiply) to the DSPs using OpenCL. The results obtained on the DSP are compared against a cblas_dgemm call on the ARM. The example reports performance in GFlops for both DSP and ARM variants.

conv1d example

This example illustrates step by step how to optimize a 1D convolution kernel applied to 2D data. The results obtained on the DSP are compared against the same computation performed on the ARM. Optimization techniques include software pipelining improvement, SIMDization, and asynchronous data movement with double buffering into faster memory to overlap computation with data movement. Details can be found in Example: Optimizing 1D convolution kernel.


The conv1d example is available in Processor SDK version >= 3.3.

edmamgr example

This application illustrates how to use the edmamgr API to asynchronously move data around the DSP memory hierarchy from OpenCL C kernels. The edmamgr.h header file in this directory enumerates the APIs available from the edmamgr package.

dspheap example

This application illustrates how to use the user defined heaps feature to allow C code called from OpenCL C code to define custom and use custom heaps on the DSP devices. See User Defined DSP Heap Extension

abort_exit example

This example illustrates how to call abort() or exit() in kernel code for early kernel termination, and how to check corresponding kernel event status to determine if abort() or exit() has been called. Two extended kernel event status are CL_ERROR_KERNEL_ABORT_TI and CL_ERROR_KERNEL_EXIT_TI. Note that these two functions can be called from either OpenCL C code or standard C code.

timeout example

This example illustrates how to query the OpenCL device queue properties for timeout extension, how to create a command queue with timeout property, how to set a timeout on a kernel, and how to query kernel event status to determine if a timeout has occurred. Details of timeout extension can be found in Setting Timeout Limit on OpenCL Kernels.


The following examples are available only available on 66AK2x

  • mandelbrot, mandelbrot_native
  • vecadd_openmp, vecadd_openmp_t
  • vecadd_mpax, vecadd_mpax_openmp (not available on 66AK2G)
  • sgemm
  • dgemm