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Intel Does Fast Math With MKL On Linux

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Published on 18 April 2013 09:20 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel
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Intel's Integrated Performance Primitives (IPP) and their Math Kernel Library (MKL) provide for very fast math operations with modern processors.

Presented at this week's Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in San Francisco was Noah Clemons of Intel talking about the company's Math Kernel Library. With it being performance-related, of course it catches our attention.

While not brand new, Intel's Math Kernel Library generates hand-tuned AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions) code with functions for common algorithms. Multiple operating systems are supported by this library and their Integrated Performance Primitives and they work with any compiler, the functions are thread-safe, and have minimal overhead. AVX support has been present since Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs and can lead to quite faster math operations given the right routines.

Intel MKL works with linear algebra, fast fourier transforms, vector math, vector random number generators, summar statistics, and data fitting. The Math Kernel Library is multi-core, multi-CPU, and cluster friendly while MKL 11.0 also introduces support for the Xeon Phi co-processor.

For those looking to learn more about Intel's Math Kernel Library and Intel Performance Primitives, check out the PDF slides that are 51 pages long from this week's Linux Foundation summit. This performance-optimized math library is available from software.intel.com.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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