18 Replies Latest reply on Mar 23, 2016 1:30 PM by jstefanop

    Guide to run OpenCL headless, without X server and as normal user


      EDIT: this guide is no more relevant as from catalyst 14.12 omega it is supported to run OpenCL applications without Xserver. read discussion below.


      You may know that you can run OpenCL program as root without Xserver. I found patch which enable running the OpenCL programs even without


      Download catalyst driver. Then run

      chmod +x amd-driver-installer-*-x86.x86_64.run
      ./amd-driver-installer-*-x86.x86_64.run --extract ./fglrx
      cd fglrx


      Open file common/lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/firegl_public.c and find KCL_PosixSecurityCapCheck function.

      modify this function to this

      int ATI_API_CALL KCL_PosixSecurityCapCheck(KCL_ENUM_PosixSecurityCap cap)
              return 1;
          if (cap >= KCL_SECURITY_CAP_NUM)
              return 0;
          return capable(KCL_MAP_PosixSecurityCap[cap]);


      then run. change according to distro you use.

      ./ati-installer.sh 13.35.1005 --buildpkg Ubuntu/saucy
      cd ..
      sudo dpkg -i fglrx*.deb


      reboot. now if you run clinfo it will still find only CPU. that is because there is no devices in /dev/ati/. If you run "sudo clinfo" once it will create them. after that you must change permission on them with "sudo chmod 666 /dev/ati/*" after this you can run any OpenCL program without Xserver running and as a normal user. To setup /dev/ati permission you can add upstart job. Place this script to /etc/init/opencl.conf

      description "Set up /dev/ati/"
      start on filesystem
          clinfo > /dev/null
          chmod 666 /dev/ati/*
      end script


      This can enable privilege escalation. Use on your own risk.


      Thanks to lgeek/catalyst-test-compat-headless-opencl · GitHub