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tsimd - Fundamental C++ SIMD types for Intel CPUs (sse to avx512)

This library is header-only and is implemented according to which Intel ISA flags are enabled in the translation unit for which they are used (e.g. -mavx with gcc or clang).

Master Status: Build Status

TODOs (contributions welcome!)

  • unsigned integer pack<> types
  • support for other CPU ISAs

Build Requirements

Using tsimd

  • C++11 compiler

(unofficial list of compilers, not all are tested)

  • GCC >= 4.8.1
  • clang >= 3.4
  • ICC >= 16
  • Visual Studio 2015 (64-bit target)

Building tsimd's examples/benchmarks/tests and installing from soure

  • cmake >= 3.2

Library layout and usage

The library is logically composed of 3 different components:

  1. The pack<T, W> class, which is a logical SIMD register
  2. Functions which can load and store packs in and out of larger arrays.
  3. Operators and functions to manipulate packs.

While there does not yet exist any true documentation, users are encouraged to see what type aliases are defined in tsimd/detail/pack.h, as well as what operators and functions are available in tsimd/detail/operators/ and tsimd/detail/functions/ respectively. Generally speaking, each header found in detail/ encapsulates exactly one type, operator, or function to aide in discovery.



Consider the following function (kernel) taking values from two input arrays and storing in an output array.

// NOTE: n is the length of all 3 arrays
void saxpy(float a, int n, float x[], float y[], float out[])
  for (int i = 0; i < n; ++i) {
    const float xi = x[i];
    const float yi = y[i];
    const float result = a * xi + yi;
    out[i] = result;

This kernel ends up applying the exact same formula to every element in the data. SIMD instructions enable us to reduce the total number of iterations by a factor of the CPU's SIMD register size. We do this by using tsimd types instead of builtin types.

// NOTE: n is the length of all 3 arrays
void saxpy_tsimd(float a, int n, float x[], float y[], float out[])
  using namespace tsimd;
  for (int i = 0; i < n; i += vfloat::static_size) {
    const vfloat xi = load<vfloat>(&x[i]);
    const vfloat yi = load<vfloat>(&y[i]);
    const vfloat result = a * xi + yi; // same formula!
    store(result, &out[i]);

The advantage to this version (instead of using a specific SIMD width, say vfloat4 or vfloat8) is that the kernel function will be "widened" to the best available width based on how it gets compiled. In other words: 4-wide for SSE, 8-wide for AVX/AVX2, and 16-wide for AVX512.


Fundamental C++ SIMD types for Intel CPUs (sse, avx, avx2, avx512)





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