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  1. #1

    CL GL Context creation

    Hi forum,

    Is it mandatory to use

    Code :
    clGetGLContextInfoKHR_fn func = (clGetGLContextInfoKHR_fn)clGetExtensionFunctionAddress("clGetGLContextInfoKHR");
            //Find the CL capable devices int the current GL context
            errNum = func(contextProperties,CL_DEVICES_FOR_GL_CONTEXT_KHR,0,NULL,&deviceSize);

    while creating the OpenCL context with GL-CL interoperability ?

    I have seen many examples where they are creating without referring to the above function .

    I tried to use the above and i am getting undefined behavior with GTX 560M on Linux system

    Any thoughts ?


  2. #2
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    Oct 2012
    NVIDIA generally returns an empty list for CL_DEVICES_FOR_GL_CONTEXT_KHR, so this should be avoided.

    There are (at least) three ways to create a shared context. Whichever method you use, the property list should contain CL_CONTEXT_PLATFORM and the properties for the OpenGL binding (CL_GL_CONTEXT_KHR and CL_WGL_HDC_KHR on Windows, CL_GLX_DISPLAY_KHR on Linux and so on).

    1. The easiest way is to call clGetGLContextInfoKHR with CL_CURRENT_DEVICE_FOR_GL_CONTEXT_KHR. This returns a good device which you can use to create a shared context. However it returns only one device, so you can't use this method to create a context on SLI GPUs.

    2. Use clCreateContextFromType(prop, CL_DEVICE_TYPE_GPU, ...) to create a context on all the GPU devices of the platform. Then use clGetContextInfo to find which devices are used.

    3. Slow but flexible method: call clGetDeviceIDs(platform, CL_DEVICE_TYPE_GPU, ...) to get the list of devices of the platform. Filter this list with clGetDeviceInfo(device, CL_DEVICE_EXTENSIONS, ...) to keep only devices with support of the cl_khr_gl_sharing extension, then create the context with clCreateContext.

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