FreeBSD OpenCL/CUDA nVidia

CeDeROM cederom at
Wed Sep 5 21:16:04 UTC 2018

On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 11:55 PM CeDeROM <cederom at> wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 12:45 PM Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at> wrote:
> > > What is the current AMD/ATI support for Open-Source? Do they provide
> > > full GPU specification as opposed to nVidia?
> >
> >         AMD/ATI opened up their interfaces and some core source code about a
> > decade ago they still produce a closed source driver of their own but they
> > support the open source Linux video driver apparently enthusiastically
> > (according to one report it is now faster than the closed source one).
> >
> >         Both Intel and AMD/ATI provide open source OpenCL stacks
> >
> >         It really is nVidia that is the odd one out - but they do hold the
> > high end of the hardware, the cards gamers and cryptocurrency miners lust
> > after are all nVidia.
> Hmm, then I could consider ATI/AMD Radeon RX570 or 2x cheaper RX560..
> anyone had any experience with those beasts and OpenCL on FreeBSD (and
> outside)? :-)

Okay, so I have tested on ATI/AMD Radeon XT7870, and clinfo shows some
stuff.. but also gets some error that propagates to upper layer

I have noticed that when I also install Intel driver for OpenCL there
are errors because there is no underlying hardware. CPU based OpenCL
driver is nice to test some stuff.

It still needs some work but I can see that ATI/AMD really left nVidia
far behind in the Open-Source world.

I have just ordered ATI/AMD RADEON RX 580 :-)



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