Intel® System Studio 2016 is a comprehensive and integrated tool suite that provides developers with advanced system tools and technologies to help accelerate the delivery of the next generation power efficient, high performance, and reliable embedded and mobile devices. It allows you to build, optimize, debug, tune, and deploy 32-and 64-bit C and C++ system and application code on Windows* host platforms for running on Windows* targets.

Intel® System Studio 2016 is supplied in various editions:

  • Composer Edition
  • Professional Edition
  • Ultimate Edition

The editions differ in components they include and hence in features they support. Find more details on the Intel® System Studio product page about the difference between various editions.

This guide takes you through getting started with the Intel® System Studio 2016 Ultimate Edition.


Before you start using the Intel® System Studio 2016 Ultimate Edition for Windows* host - Windows* target, make sure your operating system is correctly configured. Intel® System Studio 2016 Ultimate Edition provides full Microsoft* Visual Studio* integration. For a complete list of the Microsoft* Visual Studio* versions you can use, refer to the Release Notes.

For configuration information, refer to the Using Intel® System Studio in Microsoft* Visual Studio* web article.

Build and optimize your code

Use the following Intel® System Studio components to build optimized executables and libraries.

Use the compiler configuration script to configure the compiler and the related libraries listed below. See the Using compilervars File chapter in the Compiler User and Reference Guide for more information.

Debug and trace your code to isolate and resolve defects

Use the following Intel® System Studio debug components:

  • Intel® System Debugger 2016
    • Source-level debug of OS kernel software, drivers, and firmware
    • Platform-wide execution information with timestamps using Intel® Trace Hub kernel software, drivers, firmware, BIOS
  • Intel® Debug Extensions for WinDbg*
    • Software execution trace of kernel and driver code using Intel® Processor Trace
    • Earlier target connectivity using WinDBG over JTAG for Intel® Architecture Processors

Analyze your code for power, performance, and correctness

Use the following Intel® System Studio components:

Verify the setup with the matrix multiplication sample

Use the "Matrix Multiplication" sample provided with this installation to learn the usage of Intel® System Studio:

  1. Go to <install_dir>\samples_2016\en\System_Studio\
  2. Unzip to your PC
  3. Refer to Readme.pdf for information how to build the samples

Documentation and Resources

Evaluation Guide Portal

This is the evaluation guide portal. You can download step-by-step guides explaining how to start using Intel® System Studio 2016 features.

Intel® System Studio 2016 User's Guide

Overview and usage information for the Intel® System Studio, features and technologies supported by the studio, and examples of tasks solution using the Intel® System Studio 2016 tools.

Intel® System Studio Installation Guide and Usage Prerequisites

Installation procedures, hardware and software requirements.

Intel® System Studio Release Notes and Getting Started Documents

A web page providing the current Release Notes and Getting Started Documents for the Intel® System Studio.

Intel® System Studio Samples and Tutorials

A web collection of samples and tutorials demonstrating Intel® System Studio features in detail: how to use vector and task programming features, how to apply explicit vectorization and parallelization constructs in some popular algorithms and commonly used open source applications.

Intel® Software Documentation Library

This is the online documentation library for Intel software products.

For more complete information about compiler optimizations, see our Optimization Notice.