PHORONIX: OpenCL, GLSL Back-End For LLVM May Soon Open Up

b. f. bf1783 at
Wed Aug 31 04:12:15 UTC 2011

On 8/30/11, K. Macy <kmacy at> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 9:47 PM, Pedro F. Giffuni <giffunip at>
> wrote:
>> FWIW;
>> Christopher Bergström and Pathscale delivered the EKOPath
>> Compiler Suite, but no one followed up:
>> (From the WantedPorts Wiki)

No one has contributed a port yet (a compiler port requires a lot of
care), but the compiler is being used by quite a few people, so I
doubt that Pathscale has been discouraged by the response.

>> There has been very low interest in the FreeBSD port,
>> and unfortunately this is a bad signal that we give to
>> companies that want to contribute :(.
> The problem I have with that is that they only support the high-end
> computing variant of the card which I doubt any of us has. Without the
> documentation to extend the work to ordinary cards, e.g. my GTX460, it
> isn't that useful.

Yes, but native, high-quality code supporting some of the best
hardware would probably attract more interest in our OS as an HPC
platform, and Pathscale may be in a position to supply us, if not with
support for a wider range of hardware, at least with information and
advice on how to provide it -- perhaps with your missing documents.
So if you are interested, I'd urge you to get in touch with Bergström.
This seems like the kind of project that would be worthy of an initial
investment from the FreeBSD Foundation and other interested parties.


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