Intel OpenCL SDK 2013 R2 with SPIR support

intel-sdk-r2Intel has announced that Release 2 (R2) of the Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications 2013 XE now adds Beta support for Microsoft Windows Operating Systems on Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors and a preview implementation of  the OpenCL SPIR 1.2 provisional specification. The SDK continues to support Red Hat and SUSE Linux. Available as a free download, the XE version provides a comprehensive development application environment that supports the full OpenCL 1.2 standard on platforms with Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors.

What’s new in this release:

  • Beta software support for OpenCL 1.2 using Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors on Windows operating systems.
  • Support for Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 Product Families (formerly code named Ivy Bridge)
  • Preview feature: Support for OpenCL SPIR 1.2 provisional specification
  • Intel VTune Amplifier XE 2013 source-view support for OpenCL Kernels on Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors.
  • Better exception handling on Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. Whenever an exception occurs on the device, the name of the faulty OpenCL kernel is printed. If the kernel is compiled with the “-profiling” switch, also the faulty line number is printed.
  • Additional performance gains through: Task scheduling improvements and Implicit vectorization improvements

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