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This was experimental branch of Caffe for OpenCL, we know recommend you use the now official OpenCL port of Caffe in BVLC GitHub Repo at

OpenCL Caffe Experimental branch by AMD Reserach- No new development is happing on it.

This is an OpenCL implementation of Caffe, a mainstream DNN framework ( It includes a largely complete Caffe feature set as of August 2015. The project is under active development to improve performance and add new features. Contributions from the community are welcome.

OpenCL ( is an open standard parallel programming language for heterogeneous platforms. OpenCL is supported by a variety of commercial chip manufacturers.


We have three branches in this repo.

-stable, the stable branch for users

-dev, the developer branch, we encourage people to contribute on this branch

-master, the original Caffe's master branch against which our code is synchronized.

Design features

-All Caffe layers ported to OpenCL

-Performance improvement by batched implementation for conv layer based on clBLAS

-The user can choose the optimal batch number depending on H/W properties, image size and minibatch size

-Supports OpenCL 2.0, 1.2

-Implemented in C++ and OpenCL, maintaining the same interfaces as the original Caffe

-Users can directly run DNN models: AlexNet, VGG-16 and VGG-19

Note: More features are planned in the near future. Currently this implementation has been verified and tuned on AMD devices (CPUs/GPUs/APUs). Compatibility across different chip manufacturers will be considered for future addition.


We intend to keep updating the latest performance as we make optimizations. Fury results are preliminary and are actively being improved.

  • Training speed (Model: AlexNet, minibatch size 128)
Platform Speed (images per second)
AMD W9100 & A10-7850k 255
AMD R9 Fury & A10-7850k 261
AMD R290X @1000MHz & A10-7850k 268
AMD S9150 @900MHz & Xeon E5-2640 227
  • Recognition speed (Model: AlexNet, minibatch size 128)
Platform Speed (images per second)
AMD W9100 & A10-7850k 590
AMD R9 Fury & A10-7850k 699
AMD R290X @1000MHz & A10-7850k 606
AMD S9150 @900MHz & Xeon E5-2640 452


For more information on how to install, use or contribute to this code base, please visit our wiki page:


Junli Gu, Yibing Liu, Yuan Gao, Maohua Zhu

We thank Mauricio Breternitz, Hanjin Chu and Greg Stoner for their technical suggestions and support.

If you have any questions, please send an email to

Support needed

As an open source project, we hope to maintain an open dynamics and sharing culture. We encourage the contribution and support from the community to improve it together.


The original Caffe is provided in the BSD 2-Clause license open source license. The OpenCL ports written by AMD is covered by AMD license. We encourage the contribution and support from external, your contribution will be covered either by BSD 2-Clause license or whichever your preferred license.

Original Caffe information


Caffe is a deep learning framework made with expression, speed, and modularity in mind. It is developed by the Berkeley Vision and Learning Center (BVLC) and community contributors.

Check out the project site for all the details like

and step-by-step examples.

Join the chat at

Please join the caffe-users group or gitter chat to ask questions and talk about methods and models. Framework development discussions and thorough bug reports are collected on Issues.

Happy brewing!

License and Citation

Caffe is released under the BSD 2-Clause license. The BVLC reference models are released for unrestricted use.

Please cite Caffe in your publications if it helps your research:

  Author = {Jia, Yangqing and Shelhamer, Evan and Donahue, Jeff and Karayev, Sergey and Long, Jonathan and Girshick, Ross and Guadarrama, Sergio and Darrell, Trevor},
  Journal = {arXiv preprint arXiv:1408.5093},
  Title = {Caffe: Convolutional Architecture for Fast Feature Embedding},
  Year = {2014}