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How to write a CUDA kernel in ocaml?
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Date: 2009-12-15 (17:46)
From: Eray Ozkural <examachine@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] How to write a CUDA kernel in ocaml?
On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 6:29 PM, Basile STARYNKEVITCH
<basile@starynkevitch.net> wrote:
> Eray Ozkural wrote:
>>>> I've looked at the CUDA bindings for ocaml, but it seems the kernels
>>>> were in C, am I right? How can I write the kernel in ocaml?
>> At any rate, the obvious question from a compiler standpoint is,
>> cannot we compile ocaml to C, is there a way to translate to C first
>> and then to whatever works for kernel? I know little about the ocaml
>> compiler so please forgive my naive questions.
> Compiling Ocaml to efficient C is not easy and probably impossible (or
> extremely difficult) in the general case. In particular, tail recursive
> calls are essential in Ocaml, and are not available in C in most compilers.
> Some C compilers are able to generate (in the machine) a teil call for a
> limited kind of C functions, which are not compatible with Ocaml's runtime
> system (& garbage collector).
> You could perhaps translate (in a dummy & inefficient way) the full Ocaml
> bytecode of an entire Ocaml application into a C program (for example, as a
> huge monolithic single C function, which would make gcc very unhappy to
> compile it). Of course, you could do much better, but it is not a trivial
> task.
> Another issue is that Ocaml might not box (or unbox) your floating point
> values as CUDA (or OpenCL) expects them.
> But I am not an expert on these things.

Can any expert please chime in?

The proposed approach of converting from bytecode is sound. In a
hardware compiler project we started from assembly, so I know it can
be done.

One problem I see is, I suppose there would be function pointers, and
they won't work with OpenCL?

I suppose I should investigate a bit more!


Eray Ozkural, PhD candidate.  Comp. Sci. Dept., Bilkent University, Ankara
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