Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit System Requirements

By Olesya Andriyanova, Michael R Carroll

Published:04/10/2020   Last Updated:12/04/2020


The Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit contains a set of rendering and ray-tracing libraries that are designed to help you transform big amounts of raw data into rich, realistic visuals and are optimized for the continuum of visualization needs. For the release notes and issues associated with the toolkit, please refer to the Release Notes page.

Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit includes the following components:

Components distributed elsewhere:

Version History

Date Version Major Change Summary
November 2020 2021.1 Gold
March 2021 2021.2  

Supported Host Operation Systems

The following distributions are supported by most components.

Linux* Host

  • CentOS* 7, CentOS* 8
  • Ubuntu* LTS 18.04, Ubuntu* LTS 20.04
  • Arch Linux*
  • Red Hat* Enterprise Linux* (RHEL*) 7, RHEL* 8

Windows* Host

  • Windows* 10

macOS* Host

  • macOS* 10.14.6 (or higher)

Supported Target Operation Systems

The following distributions are supported by most components.

Linux Target

  • CentOS* 7, CentOS* 8
  • Ubuntu* LTS 18.04, Ubuntu* LTS 20.04
  • Arch Linux*
  • Red Hat* Enterprise Linux* (RHEL*) 7, RHEL* 8

Windows Target

  • Windows 10

macOS* Host

  • macOS* 10.14.6 (or higher)

Windows Space Requirements by Component

Component Approximate Disk Space
Intel Embree

82 MB

Intel Open Image Denoise

44 MB

Intel OpenSWR Binaries are not provided.
Intel Open VKL

15 MB

Intel OSPRay

12 MB

Intel OSPRay Studio 2 MB
Intel rkcommon library 1 MB

Supported Target Hardware Platforms

NOTE: Your hardware platform must support at least Intel® Streaming SIMD Extensions 4.2.

  • Intel Atom® processors
  • Intel® Core™ processor family
  • Intel® Xeon® processor family
  • Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor family

Software Requirements

Prerequisites by Component

Intel® Embree Prerequisites

Intel® OpenSWR Prerequisites

NOTE: Intel® OpenSWR is available as part of the Mesa* OpenGL* open source community project at Please see Mesa owned guidance for build and deployment information.

Intel OpenSWR is built as a gallium driver within Mesa* 3D Graphics Library. For Intel OpenSWR build prerequisites and instructions, refer to the Intel OpenSWR website.

Intel® Open VKL Prerequisites

  • OpenGL* to run the example viewer
  • Intel ISPC version 1.15.0 or higher
  • Intel rkcommon library version 1.6.0 or higher (included in toolkit)
  • Intel oneTBB version 2021.1.1 or higher (installed automatically from Base Toolkit)

Intel® OSPRay Prerequisites

  • Intel oneTBB version 2021.1.1 or higher (installed automatically from Base Toolkit)
  • Intel Embree ray tracing kernels version 3.12.2 or higher
  • Intel ISPC version 1.15.0 or higher.
  • Intel rkcommon library version 1.6.0
  • OpenGL to run the example viewer
  • Intel® Open Volume Kernel (Intel® Open VKL) version 0.12.0
  • Optional: OpenImageIO* 2.x, OpenEXR* (IlmBase) for extended texture support

Intel® OSPRay Studio

  • Intel® OSPRay 2.5.0 and its dependencies
  • OpenGL to run the example viewer

Development Environment

Microsoft Visual Studio*

  • Microsoft Visual Studio* 2017 or 2019 is recommended

Component System Requirements

Intel® oneAPI Component System Requirement Open Source Reference Requirements
Intel® Embree All hosts
Intel® Open Image Denoise All hosts
Intel® Open VKL All hosts
Intel® OSPRay All hosts
Intel® OSPRay Studio All hosts

Get Started

Refer to the Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit landing page to find the detailed information and experience the toolkit.

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