ViennaCL  1.7.1
About: ViennaCL is a scientific computing library written in C++ and provides CUDA, OpenCL and OpenMP computing backends. It enables simple, high-level access to the vast computing resources available on parallel architectures such as GPUs and is primarily focused on common linear algebra operations (BLAS levels 1, 2 and 3) and the solution of large systems of equations by means of iterative methods with optional preconditioners.
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ViennaCL Documentation


For many large applications C++ is the language of choice and so it seems reasonable to define C++ bindings for OpenCL.

The interface is contained with a single C++ header file cl.hpp and all definitions are contained within the namespace cl. There is no additional requirement to include cl.h and to use either the C++ or original C bindings it is enough to simply include cl.hpp.

The bindings themselves are lightweight and correspond closely to the underlying C API. Using the C++ bindings introduces no additional execution overhead.

For detail documentation on the bindings see:

The OpenCL C++ Wrapper API 1.1 (revision 04)


The following example shows a general use case for the C++ bindings, including support for the optional exception feature and also the supplied vector and string classes, see following sections for decriptions of these features.

#if defined(__APPLE__) || defined(__MACOSX)
#include <OpenCL/cl.hpp>
#include <CL/cl.hpp>
#include <cstdio>
#include <cstdlib>
#include <iostream>
const char * helloStr = "__kernel void "
"hello(void) "
"{ "
" "
"} ";
cl_int err = CL_SUCCESS;
try {
std::vector<cl::Platform> platforms;
if (platforms.size() == 0) {
std::cout << "Platform size 0\n";
return -1;
cl_context_properties properties[] =
{ CL_CONTEXT_PLATFORM, (cl_context_properties)(platforms[0])(), 0};
std::vector<cl::Device> devices = context.getInfo<CL_CONTEXT_DEVICES>();
cl::Program program_ = cl::Program(context, source);;
cl::Kernel kernel(program_, "hello", &err);
cl::Event event;
cl::CommandQueue queue(context, devices[0], 0, &err);
catch (cl::Error err) {
<< "ERROR: "
<< err.what()
<< "("
<< err.err()
<< ")"
<< std::endl;