• 10/30/2018
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Use Built-In Functions

OpenCL™ offers a library of built-in functions, including vector variants. For details, see the OpenCL specification.
Using built-in functions is typically more efficient than using their manual implementation in OpenCL code. Consider the following code example:
__kernel void Foo(const __global float* a,                           const __global float* b,                           __global float* c) {   int tid = get_global_id(0);   c[tid] = 1/sqrt(a[tid] + b[tid]); }
The following code uses the
built-in to implement the same example:
__kernel void Foo(const __global float* a,                           const __global float* b,                           __global float* c) {   int tid = get_global_id(0);   c[tid] = rsqrt(a[tid] + b[tid]); }
Consider simple expressions and built-ins based equivalents below:
dx * fCos + dy * fSin == dot( (float2)(dx, dy),(float2)(fCos, fSin)) x * a - b  == mad(x, a, -b) sqrt(dot(x, y)) == distance(x,y)
Use specialized built-in versions like
, and
built-ins, where possible, as the specialized built-ins work faster than their manually-computed counterparts. For example, when the
value for
is ≥0, use
instead of

See Also

The OpenCL™ 1.2 Specification at

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