Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit System Requirements (2021)

Published: 04/10/2020  

Last Updated: 11/24/2021

By Olesya Andriyanova, Michael R Carroll


The Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit contains a set of rendering and ray-tracing libraries that are designed to help you transform big amounts of raw data into rich, realistic visuals and are optimized for the continuum of visualization needs. For the release notes and issues associated with the toolkit, please refer to the Release Notes page.

Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit includes the following components:

Components distributed elsewhere:

Version History

Date Version Major Change Summary
September 2021 2021.4 All components updated. Open VKL major release. OSPRay Studio Python* binding support. 
June 2021 2021.3 All components updated
March 2021 2021.2 All components updated
November 2020 2021.1 Initial Release

Supported Host Operation Systems

The following distributions are supported by most components.

Linux* Host

  • CentOS* 8
  • Ubuntu* LTS 18.04, Ubuntu* LTS 20.04
  • Arch Linux*
  • Red Hat* Enterprise Linux* (RHEL*) 7, RHEL* 8

Windows* Host

  • Windows* 10

macOS* Host

  • Intel® 64 based systems: macOS* 10.15 or higher
  • Apple* M1 based systems: macOS* Big Sur or higher

Supported Target Operation Systems

The following distributions are supported by most components.

Linux Target

  • CentOS* 8
  • Ubuntu* LTS 18.04, Ubuntu* LTS 20.04
  • Arch Linux*
  • Red Hat* Enterprise Linux* (RHEL*) 7, RHEL* 8

Windows Target

  • Windows 10

macOS* Host

  • Intel® 64 based systems: macOS* 10.15 or higher
  • Apple* M1 based systems: macOS* Big Sur or higher

Windows Space Requirements by Component

NOTE: Components additionally require space of automatically included prerequisite components, such as Intel® Threading Building Blocks (Intel® oneTBB)

Component Approximate Disk Space
Intel Embree

100 MB

Intel Open Image Denoise

50 MB

Intel OpenSWR Binaries are not provided.
Intel Open VKL

200 MB

Intel OSPRay

20 MB

Intel OSPRay Studio 15 MB
Intel rkcommon library 10 MB
Intel rkUtil superbuild <1 MB
Automatic Base Toolkit Component  
Intel® oneTBB 500MB
All Components 1.1 GB

Supported Target Hardware Platforms

The following platforms are supported by most software components.

NOTE: Intel® 64 hardware platforms must support at least Intel® Streaming SIMD Extensions 4.2.

  • Intel® 64
    • Intel Atom® processors
    • Intel® Core™ processor family
    • Intel® Xeon® processor family
    • Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor family
  • ARM
    • Apple* M1

Software Requirements

Prerequisites by Component

Intel® Embree Prerequisites

Intel® OpenSWR Prerequisites

NOTE: Intel OpenSWR is available as part of the Mesa* OpenGL* open source community project at Please see Mesa owned guidance for build and deployment information.

  • Intel OpenSWR is built as a gallium driver within Mesa* 3D Graphics Library. For Intel OpenSWR build prerequisites and instructions, refer to the Intel OpenSWR website. The meson based build path is typically preferred.

Intel® Open VKL Prerequisites

  • Optional: OpenGL* to run the example viewer
  • Intel rkcommon library version 1.7.0 or higher (included)
  • Intel oneTBB version 2021.3.0 or higher (installed automatically from toolkit)

Intel® OSPRay Prerequisites

  • Intel oneTBB version 2021.3.0 or higher (installed automatically from toolkit)
  • Intel Embree ray tracing kernels version 3.13.1 or higher (included)
  • Intel Open VKL 1.0.0 or higher (included)
  • Intel rkcommon library version 1.7.0 (included)
  • Intel® Open VKL version 1.0.0 (included)
  • Optional: OpenGL* to run the example viewer
  • Optional: Intel ISPC version 1.16.0 or higher for better performance

Intel® OSPRay Studio

  • Intel® OSPRay 2.7.0 and its dependencies (included)
  • OpenGL* and GLFW3 for example programs
  • Optional: OpenImageIO* 2.x, OpenEXR* (IlmBase) for extended texture support
  • Optional: Python 3.7 for python binding support

Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit rkCommon library

  • Intel oneTBB version 2021.3.0 or higher (installed automatically from toolkit)

Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit rkUtil superbuild script

  • CMake* 3.15 or higher
  • Internet connection
  • Brings in popular core prerequisites as needed
  • Brings in most optional prerequisites as needed

Development Environment

All supported platforms

  • C++11 or newer compiler. C++14 preferred for using typical third party libraries.

Microsoft Visual Studio*

  • Microsoft Visual Studio* 2017 or 2019 is recommended


Component System Requirements

Intel® oneAPI Component System Requirement Open Source Reference
Intel® Embree All hosts
Intel® Open Image Denoise All hosts
Intel® Open VKL All hosts
Intel® OSPRay All hosts
Intel® OSPRay Studio All hosts

Get Started

Refer to the Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit landing page to find the detailed information and experience the toolkit.

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