Intel® OpenCL SDK – Alpha update now available

Intel continues to demonstrate its commitment to parallel computing tools and standards support with the recent announcement of an update to the Intel® OpenCL SDK alpha version on
This update release brings full coverage of the OpenCL™ 1.1 standard to the Intel® Core™ processors, and supports both 32-bit and 64-bit applications. Currently, Microsoft* Windows* 7 and Windows Vista* operating systems are supported.

On the web site, Intel provides Alpha software free of charge, but without any warranty that it works as expected or will be supported as is in the future. Nevertheless, this release gives you the opportunity to experiment with OpenCL* capabilities on Intel CPUs long before they become available as a commercial product on Intel platforms.

OpenCL* is an emerging standard from the Khronos Group industry consortium. As a Khronos founder and promoter, Intel has made significant contributions to OpenCL* feature set and continue to be part of the Khronos OpenCL* Working Group. Intel is a strong supporter of open industry standards that create developer choice and foster innovation. The Intel® OpenCL SDK is an addition to Intel’s proven, innovative parallel programming tools available to developers.

Lots of great feedback has helped us to shape this update release. And here's just a sample of what's new:

    • 64 bit support

    • Full coverage of the OpenCL* 1.1 standard on the CPU (check Intel® OpenCL SDK website for conformance status)

    • Preview Feature: Support for printf() in OpenCL* C kernels (cl_intel_printf)

    • Intel OpenCL Offline compiler bug fixes and improvements

Intel® OpenCL SDK is based on a published Khronos Specification, and is expected to pass the Khronos Conformance Testing Process. Current conformance status can be found at

* OpenCL and the OpenCL logo are trademarks of Apple Inc. used by permission by Khronos.

You can learn more and download this alpha from the Intel® OpenCL SDK website.

You can share your feedback with us through our support forum.

For more complete information about compiler optimizations, see our Optimization Notice.


anonymous's picture

I'm looking forward to an Intel OpenCL SDK that works on Linux!

anonymous's picture

Please release a linux version, too :-)


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