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CL_KHR_GL_EVENT(3clc) OpenCL Manual CL_KHR_GL_EVENT(3clc)


cl_khr_gl_event - Create an OpenCL event object from a GL sync object.



This extension enables the function clCreateEventFromGLsyncKHR(3clc).

This extension allows creating OpenCL event objects linked to OpenGL fence sync objects, potentially improving efficiency of sharing images and buffers between the two APIs. The companion GL_ARB_cl_event OpenGL extension provides the complementary functionality of creating an OpenGL sync object from an OpenCL event object.

In addition, this extension modifies the behavior of clEnqueueAcquireGLObjects(3clc) and clEnqueueReleaseGLObjects(3clc) to implicitly guarantee synchronization with an OpenGL context bound in the same thread as the OpenCL context.

If this extension is supported by an implementation, the string cl_khr_gl_event will be present in the CL_PLATFORM_EXTENSIONS or CL_DEVICE_EXTENSIONS string described in the table of param_name values for clGetDeviceInfo(3clc).


Event objects can also be used to reflect the status of an OpenGL sync object. The sync object in turn refers to a fence command executing in an OpenGL command stream. This provides another method of coordinating sharing of buffers and images between OpenGL and OpenCL (see section

If the cl_khr_gl_event extension is supported, then the OpenCL implementation will ensure that any such pending OpenGL operations are complete for an OpenGL context bound to the same thread as the OpenCL context. This is referred to as implicit synchronization.

If the cl_khr_gl_event extension is supported and the OpenGL context in question supports fence sync objects, completion of OpenGL commands may also be determined by placing a GL fence command after those commands using glFenceSync, creating an event from the resulting GL sync object using clCreateEventFromGLsyncKHR(3clc), and determining completion of that event object via clEnqueueAcquireGLObjects(3clc). This method may be considerably more efficient than calling glFinish, and is referred to as explicit synchronization. Explicit synchronization is most useful when an OpenGL context bound to another thread is accessing the memory objects.

If the cl_khr_gl_event extension is not supported, completion of OpenGL commands may be determined by issuing and waiting for completion of a glFinish command on all OpenGL contexts with pending references to these objects. Some implementations may offer other efficient synchronization methods. If such methods exist they will be described in platform-specific documentation.

Note that no synchronization method other than glFinish is portable between all OpenGL implementations and all OpenCL implementations. While this is the only way to ensure completion that is portable to all platforms, glFinish is an expensive operation and its use should be avoided if the cl_khr_gl_event extension is supported on a platform.


OpenCL Specification[1]


EXTENSION(3clc), clCreateEventFromGLsyncKHR(3clc)


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OpenCL Specification
page 61, section 9.8 - Creating CL event objets
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