How to use floating point texture on Android NDK r8d with PowerVR SGX 544MP

I would like to use GPU as GPGPU.

Typical sequence is following.

  1. Specify memory floating point data to texture by glTexImage2D
  2. Process texture data by shader program
  3. Pull processed data as floating point data by glReadPixels

    As a first step, I would like to get simple code sample (only step 1 and 3).

    SGX 544MP supports GL_OES_texture_float.

    But I don’t know how to use it.

    For Tegra3, following program is working

    // Create Texture Object

    glGenTextures(1, texture);

    glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, texture[0]);

    glTexImage2D(GL_TEXTURE_2D, 0, GL_RGBA, 10, 5, 0, GL_RGBA, GL_HALF_FLOAT_OES, float_data);

    // Create Frame Buffer Object

    glGenFramebuffers(1, framebuffers);

    // Bind FBO to Frame Buffer

    glBindFramebuffer(GL_FRAMEBUFFER, framebuffers[0]);

    glFramebufferTexture2D(GL_FRAMEBUFFER, GL_COLOR_ATTACHMENT0, GL_TEXTURE_2D, texture[0], 0);

    // Check FBO setting

    GLenum status = glCheckFramebufferStatus(GL_FRAMEBUFFER);

    if (status != GL_FRAMEBUFFER_COMPLETE) {

    LOGE(“framebuffer creation failed: %x”, status);


    // Get data from texture

    GLfloat fOutData[100] = {0.0f};

    glReadPixels(0, 0, 10, 5, GL_RGBA, GL_HALF_FLOAT_OES, fOutData);

    My developing environment is following.

    Device : Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500), GPU is PowerVR SGX 544MP

    OS : Android NDK r8d

    Thank you in advance for your help!

Hi Imaizumi,

Sorry for the delayed response. GL_OES_texture_float allows an application to use floating point textures. You would need an additional extension to render to a floating point target (e.g. EXT_color_buffer_half_float). Unfortunately, this extension is not exposed on the PowerVR Galaxy S 4.

However - the S4 does support OpenCL. You can use this API for your GPGPU work instead :slight_smile:



Hi Joe,

Thanks so much for your reply.

I understood that we can not floating point texture on PowerVR Galaxy S4.

For OpenCL, I found in /system/vendor/lib on Galaxy S4(GT-I9500).

I will try to use OpenCL by loading this library.

But Android doesn’t support OpenCL officially.

Is this hacking technique?




We cannot make any official statements about the intentions of our customers. We believe these libraries are currently intended for internal use only. They are unlikely to be supported until Samsung publicly announce OpenCL support on their Android platforms (which may or may not happen).




I have the same problem with an PowerVR SGX 544MP on a OMAP5. Is rendering to float textures on this system also not possible, or is it just not implemented in the driver?

Kind regards,


Hi Alexander,

Rendering to float textures is not a core feature of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API. As mentioned above, the presence of the EXT_color_buffer_half_float extension would allow you to render to half-float targets. You should discuss this with your platform provider to see if it’s possible to expose the extension (if it’s not already there).