Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit (Beta) System Requirements

By Olesya Andriyanova,

Published:04/10/2020   Last Updated:07/21/2020


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:

Version History

Date Version Major Change Summary
September 2020 2021.1-Beta09 No Changes
July 2020 2021.1-Beta08 Beta08: Added macOS* support
June 2020 2021.1-Beta07 No changes
April 2020 2021.1-Beta06 Beta06 update
March 2020 2021.1-Beta05 Beta05 update
February 2020 2021.1-Beta04 Beta04 update
November 2019 2021.1-Beta Initial release

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 System

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*

Windows Space Requirements by Component

Component Approximate Disk Space
Intel Embree

105 MB

Intel Open Image Denoise

199 MB

Intel OpenSWR Binaries are not provided.
Intel Open VKL

32 MB

Intel OSPRay

18 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

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*
  • Intel ISPC version 1.12.0 or higher
  • Intel OSPRay common library version 1.1.0 or higher
  • Intel TBB version 2020 Update 3 or higher

Intel® OSPRay Prerequisites

  • Intel TBB version 2020 Update 3 or higher
  • Intel Embree ray tracing kernels version 3.8.0 or higher
  • Intel ISPC version 1.10.0 or higher. NOTE: Intel OSPRay is incompatible with the Intel ISPC 1.11.0.
  • OpenGL to run the example viewer
  • Intel® Open Volume Kernel (Intel® Open VKL) version 0.10.0 or higher

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

Get Started

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

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