[Numpy-discussion] building numpy with atlas on ubuntu edgy

rex rex@nosyntax....
Wed Apr 18 14:36:32 CDT 2007


Keith Goodman <kwgoodman@gmail.com> [2007-04-18 10:49]:
> I'd like to compile atlas so that I can take full advantage of my core
> 2 duo. 

If your use is entirely non-commercial you can use Intel's MKL with
built-in optimized BLAS and LAPACK and avoid the need for ATLAS.

http://www.intel.com/cd/software/products/asmo-na/eng/266858.htm

The BLAS and LAPACK libraries are time-honored standards for solving a
large variety of linear algebra problems. The Intel� Math Kernel Library
(Intel� MKL) contains an implementation of BLAS and LAPACK that is
highly optimized for Intel� processors. Intel MKL can enable you to
achieve significant performance improvements over alternative
implementations of BLAS and LAPACK.

[...]

The charts immediately below show that, for Itanium� 2-based systems,
Intel MKL performs approximately 20 percent faster than ATLAS for large
matrices, and even faster for small matrices. On the new Dual-Core
Intel� Xeon� processors, Intel MKL provides similar performance
advantages.


I've compiled both Python (icc) and Numpy using icc 9.1 and MKL
9.1_beta. It's significantly faster than using gcc on my Core 2 Duo
system. I'm still looking for a broad performance test (something like
Scimark, say).

The best compiler flags I've found are: -fast -parallel 
In some cases -funroll-loops and -fno-alias helps.

-rex
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