• 2019 Update 4
  • 03/20/2019
  • Public Content

Using Built-In Functions

OpenCL™ software technology offers a library of built-in functions, including vector variants. Using the built-in functions is typically more efficient than implementing them manually in OpenCL code. For example, consider the following code example:
int tid = get_global_id(0); c[tid] = 1/sqrt(a[tid] + b[tid]);
The following code uses the built-in rsqrt function to implement the same example more efficiently:
int tid = get_global_id(0); c[tid] = rsqrt(a[tid] + b[tid]);
See other examples of 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)
The only exception is using mul24 as it involves redundant overflow-handling logic:
int iSize = x*y;//prefer general multiplication, not mul24(x,y);
Also use specialized built-in versions where possible. For example, when the
value for
, use
instead of
See Also
The OpenCL 2.0 C Specification at https://www.khronos.org/registry/cl/specs/opencl-2.0-openclc.pdf

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