# Introduction to the Intel® Math Kernel Library

Use the Intel Math Kernel Library (Intel MKL) when you need to perform computations with high performance. Intel MKL offers highly-optimized and extensively threaded routines which implement many types of operations.

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Linear Algebra

Fast Fourier Transforms

Summary Statistics

Data Fitting

Other Components

• BLAS
• LAPACK/ScaLAPACK
• PARDISO*
• Iterative sparse solvers
• Multidimensional (up to 7D) FFTs
• FFTW interfaces
• Cluster FFT
• Kurtosis
• Variation coefficient
• Quantiles, order statistics
• Min/max
• Variance/covariance
• ...
• Splines
• Interpolation
• Cell search
• Vector Math
• Trigonometric
• Hyperbolic
• Exponential, Logarithmic
• Power/Root
• Rounding
• Vector Random Number Generators
• Congruential
• Recursive
• Wichmann-Hill
• Mersenne Twister
• Sobol
• Niederreiter
• RDRAND-based
• Poisson Solvers
• Optimization Solvers

## Exploring Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms (BLAS)

One key area is the Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms (BLAS), which perform a variety of vector and matrix operations. This tutorial uses the `dgemm` routine to demonstrate how to perform matrix multiplication as efficiently as possible.

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