Official SPIR-V 1.1 Provisional Feedback forum


April 18th 2016 – International Workshop on OpenCL, Vienna – The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, announces the immediate availability of the OpenCL™ 2.2, SYCL™ 2.2 and SPIR-V™ 1.1 provisional specifications. OpenCL 2.2 incorporates the OpenCL C++ kernel language for significantly enhanced parallel programming productivity. SYCL 2.2 enables host and device code to be contained in a single source file, while leveraging the full power of OpenCL C++. SPIR-V 1.1 extends the intermediate representation defined by Khronos with native support for shader and compute kernel features to fully support the OpenCL C++ kernel language. These new specifications can be found at and are released in provisional form to enable developers and implementers to provide feedback before finalization.

About SPIR-V 1.1
SPIR-V (Standard Portable Intermediate Representation) is the first open standard, cross-API intermediate language for natively representing parallel compute and graphics. SPIR-V 1.1 now supports all the kernel language features of OpenCL C++ in OpenCL 2.2, including initializer and finalizer function execution modes to support constructors and destructors. SPIR-V 1.1 also enhances the expressiveness of kernel programs by supporting named barriers, subgroup execution, and program scope pipes.

Specialization constants, previously available for Vulkan™ graphics shaders in SPIR-V 1.0, are now available to OpenCL kernel programs in SPIR-V 1.1. This feature allows a single SPIR-V module to express a family of parameterized OpenCL kernel programs by embedding compile-time settings that can be specialized at runtime. This eliminates the need to ship multiple variants of a device program, or recompiling them from source on-the-fly with different compilation settings, leading to massive savings in shipped program size or application startup time.

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