OpenVX API for Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is excited to bring the Khronos OpenVX 1.3 API to our line of single-board computers. Here’s Kiriti Nagesh Gowda, AMD‘s MTS Software Development Engineer, to tell you more.

OpenVX for computer vision

OpenVX™ is an open, royalty-free API standard for cross-platform acceleration of computer vision applications developed by The Khronos Group. The Khronos Group is an open industry consortium of more than 150 leading hardware and software companies creating advanced, royalty-free acceleration standards for 3D graphics, augmented and virtual reality, vision, and machine learning. Khronos standards include Vulkan®, OpenCL™, SYCL™, OpenVX™, NNEF™, and many others.

Now with added Raspberry Pi

The Khronos Group and Raspberry Pi have come together to work on an open-source implementation of OpenVX™ 1.3, which passes the conformance on Raspberry Pi. The open-source implementation passes the Vision, Enhanced Vision, & Neural Net conformance profiles specified in OpenVX 1.3 on Raspberry Pi.

Application developers may always freely use Khronos standards when they are available on the target system. To enable companies to test their products for conformance, Khronos has established an Adopters Program for each standard. This helps to ensure that Khronos standards are consistently implemented by multiple vendors to create a reliable platform for developers. Conformant products also enjoy protection from the Khronos IP Framework, ensuring that Khronos members will not assert their IP essential to the specification against the implementation.

OpenVX enables a performance and power-optimized computer vision processing, especially important in embedded and real-time use cases such as face, body, and gesture tracking, smart video surveillance, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), object and scene reconstruction, augmented reality, visual inspection, robotics, and more. The developers can take advantage of using this robust API in their application and know that the application is portable across all the conformant hardware.

Below, we will go over how to build and install the open-source OpenVX 1.3 library on Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. We will run the conformance for the Vision, Enhanced Vision, & Neural Net conformance profiles and create a simple computer vision application to get started with OpenVX on Raspberry Pi.

OpenVX 1.3 implementation for Raspberry Pi

The OpenVX 1.3 implementation is available on GitHub. To build and install the library, follow the instructions below.

Build OpenVX 1.3 on Raspberry Pi

Git clone the project with the recursive flag to get submodules:

git clone --recursive

Note: The API Documents and Conformance Test Suite are set as submodules in the sample implementation project.

Use the script to build and install OpenVX 1.3:

cd OpenVX-sample-impl/
python --os=Linux --venum --conf=Debug --conf_vision --enh_vision --conf_nn

Build and run the conformance:

export OPENVX_DIR=$(pwd)/install/Linux/x32/Debug
export VX_TEST_DATA_PATH=$(pwd)/cts/test_data/
mkdir build-cts
cd build-cts
cmake --build .
LD_LIBRARY_PATH=./lib ./bin/vx_test_conformance

Sample application

Use the open-source samples on GitHub to test the installation.


Michal Smrž avatar

I see raspberry 3 and 4 supported. Shouldn’t be supported also 2-1-0 with same VC4?

Kiriti avatar

The OpenVX working group only verified on RPi 3 & 4, if you do have access to the older hardware and are able to run the conformance, please do send us the log and we will add the results to the list of verified hardware.

Michael P avatar

Another amazing step for RPI. Will it compile ok for 32 and 64bit RPIOS.
Many Thanks

Kirti avatar

The 32 bit flow is verified on RPi, you can compile it for 64 bit with the right options –

andrum99 avatar

Presumably this runs on the GPU?

Kiriti avatar

There is an OpenCL implementation for RPi, it needs verified and tested –

Islam avatar

Not out of the box I believe.

Almir Ribeiro avatar

I got an error runing
make: *** No rule to make target ‘install’.
On Raspberry pi 4 Any help?

Kiriti avatar

Hi Almir,

I was unable to reproduce the issue, but feel free to report an issue on our open-source implementation and we can address it. –

crumble avatar

I can reproduce this on Pi 4 running the 64 Bit OS.
cmake is not installed by default ;)
After installing cmake I ran into an issue with options for the gcc. -mfpu=neon is set, but gcc refuse it as a wrong option. On aarch64 systems this option shall be replaced with -03.

It compiles with these changes. Tests are still running ;)

crumble avatar

You need cmake
sudo apt-get install cmake

But then the next issue is waiting. On default pi 4 running 64bit userland I am too stupid to find the right neon options

CNXSoft avatar

It looks like it’s using NEON, but not the Videocore GPU. Am I wrong?

Kiriti avatar

The open-source implementation has OpenCL implementation for RPi, it is still experimental and needs verification –

crumble avatar

It seems that it needs a complete vulkan driver to use the GPU. So we have to wait until it is ready.

Rasathi avatar

Seems quite interesting for deep learning with RPI.
Does it directly support TensorFlow/PyTorch or do we need to first convert to NNEF?

Arun Udayakumar avatar

Hi ,
It seems RPI is doing good at current situation but i need to address an information about rpi 4 that dispaly was not coming through HDMI Port in some monitors.Is there any solution for this . I had tried some ideas by changing the resolutions and in config.txt files .

Joel Winarske avatar

I put together a CMake wrapper project that builds the stack and all samples:

John Kavanagh avatar

Have arrived completed the OpenVX component, looking to get the OpenCV dependant installed, for this instance is there a method you can point to that will assist ? thnx in advance…

John Kavanagh avatar

Hi folks, have the Conformant OpenVX Implementation established, there appears to be a number of ways to establish OpenCV a dependency for the sample applications. Is there a link to a procedure that is relevant to the Pi and this instance? thnx in advance…

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