Notational Conventions

The following term is used in reference to the operating system.

Linux* OS

This term refers to information that is valid on all supported Linux* operating systems.

The following notations are used to refer to Intel MKL directories.

<parent product directory>

The installation directory for the larger product that includes Intel MKL; for example, Intel® C++ Composer XE or Intel® Fortran Composer XE.

<mkl directory>

The main directory where Intel MKL is installed:

<mkl directory>=<parent product directory>/mkl.

Replace this placeholder with the specific pathname in the configuring, linking, and building instructions.

The following font conventions are used in this document.


Italic is used for emphasis and also indicates document names in body text, for example:
see Intel MKL Reference Manual.

Monospace lowercase

Indicates filenames, directory names, and pathnames, for example: ./benchmarks/linpack

Monospace lowercase mixed with uppercase


  • Commands and command-line options, for example,

    icc myprog.c -L$MKLPATH -I$MKLINCLUDE -lmkl -liomp5 -lpthread  

  • Filenames, directory names, and pathnames, for example,

  • C/C++ code fragments, for example,
    a = new double [SIZE*SIZE];


Indicates system variables, for example, $MKLPATH.

Monospace italic

Indicates a parameter in discussions, for example, lda.

When enclosed in angle brackets, indicates a placeholder for an identifier, an expression, a string, a symbol, or a value, for example, <mkl directory>. Substitute one of these items for the placeholder.

[ items ]

Square brackets indicate that the items enclosed in brackets are optional.

{ item | item }

Braces indicate that only one of the items listed between braces should be selected. A vertical bar ( | ) separates the items.

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