Get Started Guide

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  • 07/15/2020
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Get Started with Intel® Math Kernel Library

Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL) helps you achieve maximum performance with a math computing library of highly optimized, extensively threaded routines. The library has C and Fortran interfaces for most routines. You can also find comprehensive support for several math operations including:
  • Linear algebra
  • Fast Fourier transforms (FFT)
  • Vector math
  • Direct and iterative sparse solvers
  • Random number generators


Step 1: Install Intel® MKL

  • From an application suite:
    Intel® MKL installs as a part of these suites:
  • From a repository:
    Download Intel® MKL from one of these repositories.
  • As a standalone package:
    Intel® MKL is also provided as a standalone package under the Community Licensing Program.

Step 2: Select a function/routine

Select a function or routine from the Intel® MKL library that is best suited for your problem. Use these resources:
The Developer Guide contains detailed information on several topics including:
  • Compiling and linking applications
  • Building custom DLLs
  • Threading
  • Memory management
The Developer Reference (in C and Fortran formats) contains detailed descriptions of the functions and interfaces for all library domains.
Use the LAPACK Function Finding Advisor to explore LAPACK routines that are useful for a particular problem. For example, if you specify an operation as:

    Routine type: Computational

    Computational problem: orthogonal factorization

    Matrix type: general

    Operation: perform QR factorization

    Additional property of the operation: factorize without pivoting

The advisor displays the descriptions of several routines that match the requested operation. You can compare the results and select an appropriate routine for the operation.

Step 3: Link your code

Use the Intel® MKL Link Line Advisor to configure the link command according to your program features.

Training and Additional Documentation

Use these resources to learn more about Intel® MKL:
Intel® MKL Training courses
Tutorial: Using Intel® Math Kernel Library for Matrix Multiplication
This tutorial demonstrates how you can use Intel® MKL to multiply matrices, measure the performance of matrix multiplication, and control threading.
The release notes contain information specific to the latest release of Intel® MKL including new and changed features. The release notes include links to principal online information resources related to the release. You can also find information on:
  • What's New in the Release
  • Product Contents
  • Obtaining Technical Support
  • License Definitions
Related documentation, such as performance data, application notes, and examples.
The Intel® MKL product page. See this page for support and online documentation.
To access the documentation offline, you can download it from:

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Product and Performance Information


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