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Great introduction to OpenCL,
This review is from: OpenCL Programming Guide (Paperback)
Prior to this book I have never heard of OpenCL. I've heard of OpenGL used for graphics, but had never imagined that such a push to use similar parallel-programming techniques in graphics existed for applications outside of the realm of graphics.
From the beginning in chapter 1, the book does a great job introducing the history of how OpenCL came about and it's significance it'll play as the world of computers turns to parallel systems. They get you up to speed on the various terms and techniques used in OpenCL.
It was helpful that as you read into chapter 2 (the hello world example), they go through the process of getting your development set up. It was refreshing to read a programming book that didn't choose to only go through one OS setup but detail Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. Many programming books that I've read in the past only chose to pick one, at most two platforms and most of the time very spotty in the way they described their setup for the development environment. Which led me to do many searches on Google before diving into the meat of the book, which is the programming.
The quality of the book is definitely written in a form of a reference book. It provides various examples on parallel programming. I could see this book serving as a textbook in a upper level computer science special topics course. As an undergraduate student myself in computer science I found the topic of OpenCL very intriguing but the book a bit tough to follow past the first few chapters.