Layered Model Concept

Intel MKL is structured to support multiple compilers and interfaces, both serial and multi-threaded modes, different implementations of threading run-time libraries, and a wide range of processors. Conceptually Intel MKL can be divided into distinct parts to support different interfaces, threading models, and core computations:

  1. Interface Layer
  2. Threading Layer
  3. Computational Layer

You can combine Intel MKL libraries to meet your needs by linking with one library in each part layer-by-layer.

To support threading with different compilers, you also need to use an appropriate threading run-time library (RTL). These libraries are provided by compilers and are not included in Intel MKL.

The following table provides more details of each layer.



Interface Layer

This layer matches compiled code of your application with the threading and/or computational parts of the library. This layer provides:

  • LP64 and ILP64 interfaces.

  • Compatibility with compilers that return function values differently.

Threading Layer

This layer:

  • Provides a way to link threaded Intel MKL with supported compilers.

  • Enables you to link with a threaded or sequential mode of the library.

This layer is compiled for different environments (threaded or sequential) and compilers (from Intel, GNU*, and PGI*).

Computational Layer

This layer accommodates multiple architectures through identification of architecture features and chooses the appropriate binary code at run time.

Optimization Notice

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