HI I'm new to opencl, and really not that experienced at c programming too. 1) I downloaded the sdk and installed it and I can't find the samples folder? Does it not ship with samples anymore? 2) Where are some samples I can get started with? Or some good resources. bits of code, etc. 3) I watched the video on the offline compiler. I noticed that the guy on there was saying that it's for kernels, is this going to be enough to get something happening to start out on? Or do I need to have visual studio to write an application around that?
1) It does ship with samples. Please review chapter 3 of the user guide: http://software.intel.com/file/38642 which details where the samples are for each OS. 2) See (1). You can also check the articles from here: http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/opencl-sdk/ 3) OpenCL is a run-time environment and a programming language. The offline compiler will allow you to develop the "programming language" section of your application, but you will not be able to launch the kernels you develop through it. For that, you will need to write a "C" program (or use one of the many wrappers for other programming languages) that uses the OpenCL API defined by the OpenCL spec to execute pieces of code written in OpenCL C. Look for clEnqueueNDRangeKernel in the OpenCL specification. A good place to start would be to choose one of the samples and understand what it does, and specifically the interaction between the part in the .cl file and the part in the .cpp file. Then you can modify either to check the effect.