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  • 04/11/2022
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Get Started with Intel® oneAPI Threading Building Blocks (oneTBB)

Intel® oneAPI Threading Building Blocks (oneTBB) is a runtime-based parallel programming model for C++ code that uses threads. It consists of a template-based runtime library to help you harness the latent performance of multi-core processors.
oneTBB enables you to simplify parallel programming by breaking computation into parallel running tasks. Within a single process, parallelism is carried out through threads, an operating system mechanism that allows the same or different sets of instructions to be executed simultaneously.
Here you can see one of the possible executions of tasks by threads.
Use oneTBB to write scalable applications that:
  • Specify logical parallel structure instead of threads
  • Emphasize data-parallel programming
  • Take advantage of concurrent collections and parallel algorithms
oneTBB supports nested parallelism and load balancing. It means that you can use the library without being worried about oversubscribing a system.
oneTBB is available as a stand-alone product and as part of the Intel® oneAPI Base Toolkit.

System Requirements

Download Intel(R) oneAPI Threading Building Blocks (oneTBB)

Download oneTBB as a stand-alone product or as a part of the Intel(R) oneAPI Base Toolkit. See Installation Guide for a stand-alone version (Windows* OS and Linux* OS) and Intel(R) oneAPI Toolkits Installation Guide.

Before You Begin

After installing oneTBB, you need to set the environment variables:
  1. Go to the oneTBB installation directory (
    ). By default,
    is the following:
    • On Linux* OS:
      • For superusers (root):
      • For ordinary users (non-root):
    • On Windows* OS:
      • <Program Files>\Intel\oneAPI
  2. Set the environment variables, using the script in <install_dir>, by running
    • On Linux* OS:
      vars.{sh|csh} in <install_dir>/tbb/latest/env
    • On Windows* OS:
      vars.bat in <install_dir>/tbb/latest/env


Below you can find a typical example for a oneTBB algorithm. The sample calculates a sum of all integer numbers from 1 to 100.
int sum = oneapi::tbb::parallel_reduce(oneapi::tbb::blocked_range<int>(1,101), 0, [](oneapi::tbb::blocked_range<int> const& r, int init) -> int { for (int v = r.begin(); v != r.end(); v++ ) { init += v; } return init; }, [](int lhs, int rhs) -> int { return lhs + rhs; } );

Intel® oneAPI Threading Building Blocks (oneTBB) and pkg-config tool

The pkg-config tool is used to simplify the compilation line by retrieving information about packages from special metadata files. It helps avoid large hard-coded paths and makes compilation more portable.
Compile a program using pkg-config
To compile a test program test.cpp with oneTBB on Linux* OS and macOS*, provide the full path to search for include files and libraries, or provide a simple line like this:
g++ -o test test.cpp $(pkg-config --libs --cflags tbb)
provides oneTBB library include path:
$ pkg-config --cflags tbb`` -I<path-to>/tbb/latest/lib/pkgconfig/../..//include
provides the Intel(R) oneTBB library name and the search path to find it:
$ pkg-config –libs tbb -L<path to>tbb/latest/lib/pkgconfig/../..//lib/intel64/gcc4.8 -ltbb
For Windows* OS, additionally use the
option flag that converts the compiling and linking flags in an appropriate mode.

Find more

Use these resources if you need support with oneTBB.
Find up-to-date information about the product, including detailed notes, known issues, and changes.
Learn to use oneTBB.
Find oneTBB implementation in open source.

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