Developer Guide

Developer Guide for Intel® oneAPI Math Kernel Library macOS*

ID 766688
Date 11/07/2023
Document Table of Contents

Using Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology

Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) is especially effective when each thread performs different types of operations and when there are under-utilized resources on the processor. However, Intel® oneAPI Math Kernel Library (oneMKL) fits neither of these criteria because the threaded portions of the library execute at high efficiencies using most of the available resources and perform identical operations on each thread. You may obtain higher performance by disabling Intel HT Technology.

If you run with Intel HT Technology enabled, performance may be especially impacted if you run on fewer threads than physical cores. Moreover, if, for example, there are two threads to every physical core, the thread scheduler may assign two threads to some cores and ignore the other cores altogether. If you are using the OpenMP* library of the Intel Compiler, read the respective User Guide on how to best set the thread affinity interface to avoid this situation. For Intel® oneAPI Math Kernel Library (oneMKL), apply the following setting:

export KMP_AFFINITY=granularity=fine,compact,1,0

If you are using the Intel TBB threading technology, read the documentation on the tbb::affinity_partitioner class at to find out how to affinitize Intel TBB threads.

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