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Backward-compatibility notices:

  • Version 2.14.05 changed the meaning of temporal sizes so that 0 means never do temporal blocking and 1 allows blocking within a single time-step for multi-pack solutions. The behavior of the default settings have not changed.
  • Version 2.13.06 changed the default behavior of the performance-test utility ( to run trials for a given amount of time instead of a given number of steps. As of version 2.13.08, use the -trial_time option to specify the number of seconds to run. To force a specific number of trials as in previous versions, use the -trial_steps option.
  • Version 2.13.02 required some changes in perf statistics due to step (temporal) conditions. Both text output and yk_stats APIs affected.
  • Version 2.12.00 removed the long-deprecated == operator for asserting equality between a grid point and an equation. Use EQUALS instead.
  • Version 2.11.01 changed the plain-text format of some of the performance data in the test-utility output. Specifically, some leading spaces were added, SI multipliers for values < 1 were added, and the phrase "time in" no longer appears before each time breakdown. This may affect some user programs that parse the output to collect stats.
  • Version 2.10.00 changed the location of temporary files created during the build process. This will not affect most users, although you may need to manually remove old src/compiler/gen and src/kernel/gen directories.
  • Version 2.09.00 changed the location of stencils in the internal DSL from .hpp to .cpp files. See the notes in if you have any new or modified code in src/stencils.


YASK--Yet Another Stencil Kernel: A framework to rapidly create high-performance stencil code including optimizations and features such as

  • Vector folding,
  • Automatically-tuned cache blocking,
  • Multi-level OpenMP parallelism,
  • Encapsulated memory layout,
  • Temporal wave-front blocking,
  • MPI halo exchange, overlapping MPI communication and compute, and
  • APIs for C++ and Python: API documentation.

YASK contains a domain-specific compiler to convert scalar stencil code to SIMD-optimized code for Intel(R) Xeon Phi(TM) and Intel(R) Xeon(R) processors.

Supported Platforms and Processors:

  • 64-bit Linux.
  • Intel(R) Xeon(R) processors supporting the AVX, AVX2, or CORE_AVX512 instruction sets.
  • Intel(R) Xeon Phi(TM) x200-family processors supporting the MIC_AVX512 instruction set.
  • Intel(R) Xeon Phi(TM) x100-family coprocessors supporting the Knights-Corner instruction set (no longer tested).


  • Intel(R) Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition for Linux for multi-socket and multi-node operation or Intel(R) Parallel Studio XE Composer Edition for C++ Linux for single-socket only (2016 or later, 2018 update 2 recommended). Building a YASK kernel with the Gnu compiler is possible, but only useful for functional testing. The performance of the kernel built from the Gnu compiler has been observed to be up to 7x lower than the same kernel built using the Intel compiler.
  • Gnu C++ compiler, g++ (4.9.0 or later; 6.1.0 or later recommended).
  • Linux libraries librt and libnuma.
  • Perl (5.010 or later).
  • Awk.
  • Gnu make.
  • Bash shell.
  • Optional utilities and their purposes:
    • The indent or gindent utility, used automatically during the build process to make the generated code easier for humans to read. You'll get a warning when running make if one of these doesn't exist. Everything will still work, but the generated code will be difficult to read. Reading the generated code is only necessary for debug or curiosity.
    • SWIG (3.0.12 or later),, for creating the Python interface.
    • Python 2 (2.7.5 or later) or 3 (3.6.1 or later recommended),, for creating and using the Python interface.
    • Doxygen (1.8.11 or later),, for creating updated API documentation. If you're not changing the API documentation, you can view the existing documentation at the link at the top of this page.
    • Graphviz (2.30.1 or later),, for rendering stencil diagrams.
    • Intel(R) Software Development Emulator,, for functional testing if you don't have native support for any given instruction set.

To continue with building and running, see YASK-intro.pdf in the docs directory.