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OpenCL in Action

How to accelerate graphics and computations
Matthew Scarpino
  • November 2011
  • ISBN 9781617290176
  • 456 pages
  • printed in black & white

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"Thorough coverage of a difficult topic... excellent explanations of concepts."

John J. Ryan III, Princigration LLC
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OpenCL in Action is a thorough, hands-on presentation of OpenCL, with an eye toward showing developers how to build high-performance applications of their own. It begins by presenting the core concepts behind OpenCL, including vector computing, parallel programming, and multi-threaded operations, and then guides you step-by-step from simple data structures to complex functions.

about the technology

Whatever system you have, it probably has more raw processing power than you're using. OpenCL is a high-performance programming language that maximizes computational power by executing on CPUs, graphics processors, and other number-crunching devices. It's perfect for speed-sensitive tasks like vector computing, matrix operations, and graphics acceleration.

about the book

OpenCL in Action blends the theory of parallel computing with the practical reality of building high-performance applications using OpenCL. It first guides you through the fundamental data structures in an intuitive manner. Then, it explains techniques for high-speed sorting, image processing, matrix operations, and fast Fourier transform. The book concludes with a deep look at the all-important subject of graphics acceleration. Numerous challenging examples give you different ways to experiment with working code.

A background in C or C++ is helpful, but no prior exposure to OpenCL is needed.

what's inside

  • Learn OpenCL step by step
  • Tons of annotated code
  • Tested algorithms for maximum performance

about the reader

A background in C or C++ is helpful, but no prior exposure to OpenCL is needed.

about the author

Matthew Scarpino has over 12 years of experience developing high-performance applications for embedded systems. He's the author of Programming the Cell Processor.

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