[Numpy-discussion] MKL and OpenBLAS

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris at gmail.com
Thu Feb 6 15:09:33 EST 2014

On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 5:27 AM, Julian Taylor <jtaylor.debian at googlemail.com
> wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 1:11 PM, Thomas Unterthiner <
> thomas_unterthiner at web.de> wrote:
>> On 2014-02-06 11:10, Sturla Molden wrote:
>> > BTW: The performance of OpenBLAS is far behind Eigen, MKL and ACML, but
>> > better than ATLAS and Accelerate.
>> Hi there!
>> Sorry for going a bit off-topic, but:  do you have any links to the
>> benchmarks?  I googled around, but I haven't found anything. FWIW, on my
>> own machines OpenBLAS is on par with MKL (on an i5 laptop and an older
>> Xeon server) and actually slightly faster than ACML (on an FX8150) for
>> my use cases (I mainly tested DGEMM/SGEMM, and a few LAPACK calls). So
>> your claim is very surprising for me.
>> Also, I'd be highly surprised if OpenBLAS would be slower than Eigen,
>> given than the developers themselves say that Eigen is "nearly as fast
>> as GotoBLAS"[1], and that OpenBLAS was originally forked from GotoBLAS.
> I'm also a little sceptical about the benchmarks, e.g. according to the
> FAQ eigen does not seem to support AVX which is relatively important for
> blas level 3 performance.
> The lazy evaluation is probably eigens main selling point, which is
> something we cannot make use of in numpy currently.
> But nevertheless eigen could be an interesting alternative for our binary
> releases on windows. Having the stuff as headers makes it probably easier
> to build than ATLAS we are currently using.
The Eigen license is MPL-2. That doesn't look to be incompatible with BSD,
but it may complicate things.
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