program hangs on clBuildProgram with an empty kernel or takes > 1 hour

My program hangs on a clBuildProgram call, with no specific parameters, and with an empty kernel. My program is successfully created but not built!
It happens on a Tesla S1070…

Sometimes, it takes more than 1hour to succeed in the build…
NVIDIA driver version : 304.54

Any Idea?

Please, HELP!


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Sorry, here is a piece of code hanging on clBuildProgram call…

#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <CL/cl.h>

int main(void) {

char *source_str = "__kernel void emptyKernel() {}";
size_t source_size = strlen(source_str);

// Get platform and device information
cl_platform_id platform_id = NULL;
cl_device_id device_id = NULL;   
clGetPlatformIDs(1, &platform_id, NULL);
clGetDeviceIDs( platform_id, CL_DEVICE_TYPE_DEFAULT, 1, &device_id, NULL);

// print device name
size_t valueSize;
clGetDeviceInfo(device_id, CL_DEVICE_NAME, 0, NULL, &valueSize);
char* value = (char*) malloc(valueSize);
clGetDeviceInfo(device_id, CL_DEVICE_NAME, valueSize, value, NULL);
printf("Device: %s
", value);

// Create an OpenCL context
cl_context context = clCreateContext( NULL, 1, &device_id, NULL, NULL, NULL);

// Create a program from the kernel source
cl_int ciErr;
cl_program program = clCreateProgramWithSource(context, 1,(const char **)&source_str, (const size_t *)&source_size, &ciErr);
if (ciErr != CL_SUCCESS)
    printf("clCreateProgramWithSource failed");
    return 1;

// Build the program

clBuildProgram(program, 1, &device_id, NULL, NULL, NULL);
");// Randomly appears

// Clean up

return 0;


If it helps, I don’t think there is anything wrong with your program. I ran it on a GeForce 480 GTX and it runs in about a second. So it seems more likely to be some sort of system problem. Since it’s a Tesla I assume this might be in a cluster rather than a PC - is it possible that another user is using the card and thus preventing your program from accessing it?

Hi !
It cannot be possible… There are no conflict when accessing the Tesla…
I traced system calls :

open("/home/mbenguigui/.nv/ComputeCache/index", O_RDWR) = 19
fcntl(19, F_SETLK, {type=F_WRLCK, whence=SEEK_SET, start=0, len=0}

Clever idea to trace system calls. The “.nv/ComputeCache” is where the NVIDIA driver stores information about kernels that have been compiled already (cached for speed). It seems odd that the driver can’t read (or lock?) a file from the user folder. Do you have sufficient admin rights?

Ok, it seems that comes from the cuda cache directory, which is locked bu multiple threads… (my application lanches as many threads as GPUs on the cluster)… And the directory was shared by all oh them… Setting it to a local directory for each thread tackel the problem…

Thank you!