C Specification

To create a host command-queue on a specific device, call the function

cl_command_queue clCreateCommandQueue(
    cl_context context,
    cl_device_id device,
    cl_command_queue_properties properties,
    cl_int* errcode_ret);


  • context must be a valid OpenCL context.

  • device must be a device or sub-device associated with context. It can either be in the list of devices and sub-devices specified when context is created using clCreateContext or be a root device with the same device type as specified when context is created using clCreateContextFromType.

  • properties specifies a list of properties for the command-queue. This is a bit-field and the supported properties are described in the table below. Only command-queue properties specified in this table can be used, otherwise the value specified in properties is considered to be not valid. properties can be 0 in which case the default values for supported command-queue properties will be used.


Table 1. List of supported cl_command_queue_property values by https://www.khronos.org/registry/OpenCL/specs/2.2/html/OpenCL_API.html#clCreateCommandQueue
Command-Queue Properties Description


Determines whether the commands queued in the command-queue are executed in-order or out-of-order. If set, the commands in the command-queue are executed out-of-order. Otherwise, commands are executed in-order.


Enable or disable profiling of commands in the command-queue. If set, the profiling of commands is enabled. Otherwise profiling of commands is disabled.

  • errcode_ret will return an appropriate error code. If errcode_ret is NULL, no error code is returned.

clCreateCommandQueue returns a valid non-zero command-queue and errcode_ret is set to CL_​SUCCESS if the command-queue is created successfully. Otherwise, it returns a NULL value with one of the following error values returned in errcode_ret:

  • CL_​INVALID_​CONTEXT if context is not a valid context.

  • CL_​INVALID_​DEVICE if device is not a valid device or is not associated with context.

  • CL_​INVALID_​VALUE if values specified in properties are not valid.

  • CL_​INVALID_​QUEUE_​PROPERTIES if values specified in properties are valid but are not supported by the device.

  • CL_​OUT_​OF_​RESOURCES if there is a failure to allocate resources required by the OpenCL implementation on the device.

  • CL_​OUT_​OF_​HOST_​MEMORY if there is a failure to allocate resources required by the OpenCL implementation on the host.

See Also

Document Notes

For more information, see the OpenCL Specification

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