Developer Guide


Utilizing Hardware Kernel Invocation Queue

Kernel invocation queue is a first-in first-out (FIFO) buffer used by the SYCL* runtime to store arguments for multiple kernel invocations on the device. Once the kernel finishes execution, the invocation queue allows the next invocation of the kernel to start immediately after. SYCL kernels are built with invocation queue to enable immediate launch of the next invocation.
As illustrated in the following figure, when the invocation queue is used, system and SYCL runtime environment overheads (from responding to the finish and sending in the next set of invocation arguments) are overlapped with the kernel executions. This allows kernels to execute continuously, maximizing the system level throughput.
Kernel Execution with and without Invocation Queue
Kernel Execution with and without Invocation Queue
SYCL kernel invocations are queued in hardware when the same SYCL kernel function is already running on the device, and the following are true:
Consider the following definitions of


void simple_kernel(queue &deviceQueue, buffer<cl_float, 1> &bufferA, buffer<cl_float, 1> &bufferC) { deviceQueue.submit([&](handler& cgh) { accessor accessorA(bufferA, cgh, read_only); accessor accessorC(bufferC, cgh, read_write, no_init); cgh.single_task<class SimpleAdd>([=]() { for (int i = 0; i < N; i++) { accessorC[i] = accessorA[i] + accessorA[i]; } }); }); }


void check_output(buffer<cl_float, 1> &outBuffer) { accessor output_buf_acc(outBuffer, read_only); ... // Check output ... }
Based on the function definitions of simple_kernel() and check_output(), consider the following example code snippet where the kernel enqueue can be queued on the hardware kernel invocation queue:
// Example 1 main() { ... simple_kernel(device_queue, bufferA, bufferC); simple_kernel(device_queue, bufferX, bufferZ); check_output(bufferC); check_output(bufferZ); ... }
As soon as the first enqueue of
kernel is running, the second enqueue can be queued since they have no dependency.
Now, consider the following example code where kernel invocation cannot be queued on hardware:
// Example 2 main() { ... simple_kernel(device_queue, bufferA, bufferC); check_output(bufferC); simple_kernel(device_queue, bufferX, bufferZ); check_output(bufferZ); ... }
Creating the
accessor for the output buffer in check_output() function is a synchronization point that blocks the SYCL runtime until the first enqueue of
kernel is complete.

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