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Beignet
=======

Beignet is an open source implementaion of the OpenCL specification - a generic
compute oriented API. This code base contains the code to run OpenCL programs on
Intel GPUs which basically defines and implements the OpenCL host functions
required to initialize the device, create the command queues, the kernels and
the programs and run them on the GPU. The code base also contains the compiler
part of the stack which is included in `backend/`. For more specific information
about the compiler, please refer to `backend/README.md`

Prerequisite
------------

The project depends on the following external libaries:

- Several X components (XLib, Xfixes, Xext)
- libdrm libraries (libdrm and libdrm\_intel)
- Various LLVM components
- The compiler backend itself (libgbe)
- Mesa git master version built with gbm enabled to support extension cl\_khr\_gl\_sharing.

Note that the compiler depends on LLVM (Low-Level Virtual Machine project).
Right now, the code has been compiled with LLVM 3.3/3.4. It will not compile
with any thing older.

[http://llvm.org/releases/](http://llvm.org/releases/)

LLVM 3.3 and 3.4 are supported. Till now, the recommended LLVM version is 3.3.
There are some severe OpenCL related regression in current clang 3.4 version.

Also note that the code was compiled on GCC 4.6 and GCC 4.7. Since the code uses
really recent C++11 features, you may expect problems with older compilers. Last
time I tried, the code breaks ICC 12 and Clang with internal compiler errors
while compiling anonymous nested lambda functions.

And if you want to work with the standard ICD libOpenCL.so, then you need
two more packages (the following package name is for Ubuntu):
- ocl-icd-dev
- ocl-icd-libopencl1

If you don't want to enable ICD, or your system doesn't have ICD OpenCL support,
you can still link to the beignet OpenCL library. You can find the beignet/libcl.so
in your system's library installation directories.


How to build and install
------------------------

The project uses CMake with three profiles:

1. Debug (-g)
2. RelWithDebInfo (-g with optimizations)
3. Release (only optimizations)

Basically, from the root directory of the project

`> mkdir build`

`> cd build`

`> cmake ../ # to configure`

CMake will check the dependencies and will complain if it does not find them.

`> make`

The cmake will build the backend firstly. Please refer to:
[[OpenCL Gen Backend|Beignet/Backend]] to get more dependencies.

Once built, the run-time produces a shared object libcl.so which basically
directly implements the OpenCL API. A set of tests are also produced. They may
be found in `utests/`.

Simply invoke:
`> make install`

It installs the following three files to the beignet/ directory relatively to
your library installation directory.
- libcl.so
- ocl_stdlib.h, ocl_stdlib.h.pch
- beignet.bc

It installs the OCL icd vendor files to /etc/OpenCL/vendors, if the system support ICD.
- intel-beignet.icd

How to run
----------

Apart from the OpenCL library itself that can be used by any OpenCL application,
this code also produces various tests to ensure the compiler and the run-time
consistency. This small test framework uses a simple c++ registration system to
register all the unit tests.

You need to call setenv.sh in the utests/ directory to set some environment variables
firstly as below:

`> . setenv.sh`

Then in `utests/`:

`> ./utest_run`

will run all the unit tests one after the others

`> ./utest_run some_unit_test0 some_unit_test1`

will only run `some_unit_test0` and `some_unit_test1` tests

Supported Hardware
------------------

The code was tested on IVB GT2 with ubuntu and fedora core distribution. The recommended
kernel version is equal or newer than 3.11. Currently Only IVB is supported right now.
Actually, the code was run on IVB GT2/GT1, and both system are well supported now.

TODO
----

Interns of the OpenCL 1.1 spec, beignet is quite complete now. We can pass almost
all the piglit OpenCL test cases now. And the pass rate for the OpenCV test suite
is also good. There are still some remains work items listed as below, most of them
are extension support and performance related.

- Complete cl\_khr\_gl\_sharing support. We lack of some APIs implementation such
  as clCreateFromGLBuffer,clCreateFromGLRenderbuffer,clGetGLObjectInfo... Currently,
  the working APIs are clCreateFromGLTexture,clCreateFromGLTexture2D. This work
  highly depends on mesa support. It seems that mesa would not provide such type
  of extensions, we may have to hack with mesa source code to support this extension.

- Check that NDRangeKernels can be pushed into _different_ queues from several
  threads.

- No state tracking at all. One batch buffer is created at each "draw call"
  (i.e. for each NDRangeKernels). This is really inefficient since some
  expensive pipe controls are issued for each batch buffer.

- Valgrind reports some leaks in libdrm. It sounds like a false positive but it
  has to be checked. Idem for LLVM. There is one leak here to check.

More generally, everything in the run-time that triggers the "FATAL" macro means
that something that must be supported is not implemented properly (either it
does not comply with the standard or it is just missing)

Project repository
------------------
Right now, we host our project on fdo at:
[http://cgit.freedesktop.org/beignet/](http://cgit.freedesktop.org/beignet/).
And the intel 01.org:
[https://01.org/beignet](https://01.org/beignet)

The team
--------
This project was created by Ben Segovia when he was working for Intel. Now we
have a team in China OTC graphics department continue to work on this project.
The official contact for this project is: Zou Nanhai (<nanhai.zou@intel.com>).

How to contribute
-----------------
You are always welcome to contribute to this project, just need to subscribe
to the beignet mail list and send patches to it for review.
The official mail list is as below:
[http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/beignet](http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/beignet)

The wiki url is as below:
[http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/Beignet/](http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/Beignet/)