Using Intel® Performance Libraries

The following topic applies to C++ for Xcode*.

The Intel® C++ Compiler comes bundled with several Intel® Performance Libraries. To access these libraries in Xcode*, use the following Target Info properties, located in the Intel® C++ compiler Performance Library Build Components category:

  • Use Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives Libraries (Intel® IPP)

  • Use Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL)

  • Use Intel® Threading Building Blocks Library (Intel® TBB)

The Use Intel Threading Building Blocks Library property allows enabling the library and bringing in the associated headers.

The Use Intel Integrated Performance Primitives Libraries property provides the following options in a drop-down menu:

  • None: Disable use of Intel® IPP.

  • Use main libraries set: Use all libraries except Cryptography libraries.

  • Use main libraries and cryptography library: Use Cryptography libraries and main libraries.


The Cryptography libraries are subject to export laws.

The Use Intel® Math Kernel Library property provides the following options in a drop-down menu:

  • None: Disable use of Intel® Math Kernel Library

  • Use threaded Intel® Math Kernel Library: Link using the threaded version of the library.

  • Use non-threaded Intel® Math Kernel Library: Link using the non-threaded version of the library.

For more information, see the Intel® Threading Building Blocks, Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives, and Intel® Math Kernel Library documentation.

Optimization Notice

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Notice revision #20110804

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