Supported OpenCL features

All mandatory features for OpenCL 1.2 and 3.0 are supported on x86-64+Linux, see OpenCL conformance for details.

Known unsupported OpenCL features

The known unsupported OpenCL features are listed here as encountered.

Unimplemented device-side features

Unimplemented host-side features

All 1.2 runtime API call are implemented. From the 2.x and 3.0 API, all should exist, but some might have “dummy” implementations (they always return an error).

Unimplemented extensions

  • OpenGL interoperability extension

  • DirectX interoperability extension

SPIR-V support

There is now extensive support available for SPIR-V.

Note that SPIR-V format supports different “capabilities” which in effect are different “dialects” of SPIR-V. The CPU driver supports the “Kernel” dialect, produced by llvm-spirv, Vulkan driver supports the “Shader” dialect produced by clspv.

How to build PoCL with SPIR-V support (CPU / CUDA devices)

Support for SPIR-V binaries depends on functional llvm-spirv translator and some packages. See Installation for additional requirements for SPIR-V support.


  • recent PoCL (4.0+ has most extensive support)

  • recent LLVM (10.0+ works, for best experience 14+ is recommended)

To compile the LLVM SPIR-V translator:

git clone
git checkout <branch>

Check out the corresponding branch for your installed LLVM version, then:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DLLVM_DIR=/path/to/LLVM/lib/cmake/llvm ..
make llvm-spirv

This will produce an executable, tools/llvm-spirv/llvm-spirv. You can copy this executable somewhere, then when running CMake on PoCL sources, add to the command line: -DLLVM_SPIRV=/path/to/llvm-spirv

Compiling source to SPIR/SPIR-V

PoCL’s own binary format doesn’t use SPIR-V, but it’s possible to compile OpenCL sources directly to SPIR (LLVM IR with SPIR target), using Clang:

clang -Xclang -cl-std=CL1.2 -D__OPENCL_C_VERSION__=120  -D__OPENCL_VERSION__=120 \
 -Dcl_khr_int64 -Dcl_khr_byte_addressable_store -Dcl_khr_int64_extended_atomics \
 -Dcl_khr_global_int32_base_atomics -Dcl_khr_global_int32_extended_atomics \
 -Dcl_khr_local_int32_base_atomics -Dcl_khr_local_int32_extended_atomics \
 -Dcl_khr_3d_image_writes -Dcl_khr_fp64 -Dcl_khr_int64_base_atomics \
 -emit-llvm -target spir64-unknown-unknown \
 -Xclang -finclude-default-header \
 -o SPIR_OUTPUT.bc -x cl -c

The SPIR binary from previous command can be further compiled to SPIR-V with:

llvm-spirv -o SPIRV_OUTPUT.spv SPIR_OUTPUT.bc


The most complete support is for the CPU device on x86-64 and ARM64 platforms, but there is also some support for CUDA and CPU devices on other platforms.