• 10/30/2018
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Use Lower Math Precision

OpenCL™ offers two basic ways to trade precision for speed:
  • native_*
    math built-ins, which have lower precision, but are faster than their un-prefixed variants
  • The compiler optimization options that enable optimizations for floating-point arithmetic for the whole OpenCL program, for example, the
In general, while the
flag is a quick way to get performance gains for kernels with many math operations, it does not permit fine numeric accuracy control. Consider experimenting with the
equivalents separately for each specific case, keeping track of the resulting accuracy.
versions of math built-ins are supported in hardware and run substantially faster, while offering lower accuracy. Use native trigonometry and transcendental functions, such as
, and
, when performance is more important than precision.
For a full list of OpenCL build options and option descriptions, refer to the the OpenCL specification. For the instructions on how to use these options with the Intel® SDK for OpenCL™ Applications, refer to the following pages in the Developer Guide for Intel® SDK for OpenCL™ Applications: Build with OpenCL Offline Compiler Command Line Interface (for Intel® SDK for OpenCL™ Applications standalone version), Configuring OpenCL™ Build Options (for Intel® Code Builder for OpenCL™ API plugin for Microsoft Visual Studio*), Configuring Build Options (for Intel® Code Builder for OpenCL™ API plugin for Eclipse*).

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