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What is ROCm?#

Applies to Linux and Windows


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ROCm is an open-source stack, composed primarily of open-source software (OSS), designed for graphics processing unit (GPU) computation. ROCm consists of a collection of drivers, development tools, and APIs that enable GPU programming from low-level kernel to end-user applications.

With ROCm, you can customize your GPU software to meet your specific needs. You can develop, collaborate, test, and deploy your applications in a free, open-source, integrated, and secure software ecosystem. ROCm is particularly well-suited to GPU-accelerated high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI), scientific computing, and computer aided design (CAD).

ROCm is powered by AMD’s Heterogeneous-computing Interface for Portability (HIP), an OSS C++ GPU programming environment and its corresponding runtime. HIP allows ROCm developers to create portable applications on different platforms by deploying code on a range of platforms, from dedicated gaming GPUs to exascale HPC clusters.

ROCm supports programming models, such as OpenMP and OpenCL, and includes all necessary OSS compilers, debuggers, and libraries. ROCm is fully integrated into machine learning (ML) frameworks, such as PyTorch and TensorFlow.

ROCm on Windows#

Starting with ROCm 5.5, the HIP SDK brings a subset of ROCm to developers on Windows. The collection of features enabled on Windows is referred to as the HIP SDK. These features allow developers to use the HIP runtime, HIP math libraries and HIP Primitive libraries. The following table shows the differences between Windows and Linux releases.





Radeon Software for Linux

AMD Software Pro Edition






no debugger available



Radeon GPU Profiler

Porting Tools


Coming Soon


HIP (Open Sourced)

HIP (closed source)

Math Libraries



Primitives Libraries



Communication Libraries


Not Available

AI Libraries

MIOpen, MIGraphX

Not Available

System Management

rocm-smi-lib, RDC, rocminfo

amdsmi, hipInfo

AI Frameworks

PyTorch, TensorFlow, etc.

Not Available

CMake HIP Language



Visual Studio

Not applicable

Plugin Available

HIP Ray Tracing



AMD is continuing to invest in Windows support and AMD plans to release enhanced features in subsequent revisions.


The 5.5 Windows Installer collectively groups the Math and Primitives libraries.


GPU support on Windows and Linux may differ. You must refer to Windows and Linux GPU support tables separately.


HIP Ray Tracing is not distributed via ROCm in Linux.

ROCm release versioning#

Linux OS releases set the canonical version numbers for ROCm. Windows will follow Linux version numbers as Windows releases are based on Linux ROCm releases. However, not all Linux ROCm releases will have a corresponding Windows release. The following table shows the ROCm releases on Windows and Linux. Releases with both Windows and Linux are referred to as a joint release. Releases with only Linux support are referred to as a skipped release from the Windows perspective.

Release version





ROCm Linux releases are versioned with following the Major.Minor.Patch version number system. Windows releases will only be versioned with Major.Minor.

In general, Windows releases will trail Linux releases. Software developers that wish to support both Linux and Windows using a single ROCm version should refrain from upgrading ROCm unless there is a joint release.

Windows Documentation implications#

The ROCm documentation website contains both Windows and Linux documentation. Just below each article title, a convenient article information section states whether the page applies to Linux only, Windows only or both OSes. To find the exact Windows documentation for a release of the HIP SDK, please view the ROCm documentation with the same Major.Minor version number while ignoring the Patch version. The Patch version only matters for Linux releases. For convenience, Windows documentation will continue to be included in the overall ROCm documentation for the skipped Windows releases.

Windows release notes will contain only information pertinent to Windows. The software developer must read all the previous ROCm release notes (including) skipped ROCm versions on Windows for information on all the changes present in the Windows release.

Windows Builds from Source#

Not all source code required to build Windows from source is available under a permissive open source license. Build instructions on Windows is only provided for projects that can be built from source on Windows using a toolchain that has closed source build prerequisites. The ROCm manifest file is not valid for Windows. AMD does not release a manifest or tag our components in Windows. Users may use corresponding Linux tags to build on Windows.