Cilk Plus Installation Guide

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Intel provides a suite of tools for programming Cilk-based programs. The tool set contains the Intel compiler ICC, the parallelism checker Cilkview, the race condition reporter Cilkscreen, the binary-level instrumentation gadget Pintool, the fine-level instrumentation tool Cilkprof. Here is a guide to install them on Linux.

  • Installation
  1. Install ICC or GCC: You need a license from Intel® in order to install ICC. A free, open-source version is available in the cilkplus branch of GCC.
    • Installing ICC: These instructions assume your shell is bash and you are installing ICC on a 64-bit machine.
    1. Go to
    2. Select "Intel® C++ Composer XE 2011 for Linux" (or any product suite listed as containing "Intel® C++ Composer XE") and download the 64-bit version.
    3. Unpack the downloaded file and run $ /path/to/unpacked/file/ To allow all users to access ICC on the system, run this install script as root.
    4. Follow the instructions to install ICC.
    5. To set up your environment variables to use ICC, run $ source /path/to/intel/bin/ intel64.
    • Installing GCC: These instructions walk you through checking out and building the cilkplus branch of GCC. Complete instructions for building GCC from source can be found at As a warning, this process takes a while and uses a couple gigabytes of space.
    1. Check out the latest version of the cilkplus branch of gcc by typing $ svn checkout gcc-cilk-src in a terminal.
    2. Create two new directories, gcc-cilk-obj and gcc-cilk, in the same directory containing gcc-cilk-src: $ mkdir gcc-cilk-obj gcc-cilk.
    3. Install gmp, mpfr, and mpc on your system.
    4. Configure GCC as follows:
      $ cd gcc-cilk-obj
      $ ../gcc-cilk-src/configure --prefix=../gcc-cilk --enable-languages=c,c++
      Note: You may want to add --disable-multilib to the configuration options if multilib is not installed on your system. Otherwise, you may encounter errors such as:
      gnu/stubs-32.h: No such file or directory compilation terminated.
    5. Compile GCC: $ make
    6. Install GCC into gcc-cilk: $ make install
    7. The new GCC binary is now in /path/to/gcc-cilk/bin/.
  2. Install Cilkview Cilkscreen: Get it from here: The include bin directory in PATH.
  3. Install Pintool: Download pintool from here: Install.
  4. Install Cilkprof: Download “libzca source to provide access to Cilk metadata” and “cilkprof source example of using Cilk metadata” from First go to ZCA/src. Modify Makefile to include path to PIN. Make. Then go to Cilkprof, modify Makefile to include path to PIN. Make. TO BE ADDED: how to get the cilkprof binary
  • Brief Usage
    • Compile with ICC: $ icc cilkprogram.cpp -o cilkprogram
    • Check parallelism: $ cilkview ./cilkprogram
    • Check race condition: $ cilkscreen ./cilkprogram
    • Pintool: TO BE COMPLETED
    • Linux perf tool:
      • Show list of counters: $ perf list
      • check L1 data load miss: $ perf stat -c L1-dcache-load-misses ./cilkprogram
    • Cilkprof: TO BE COMPLETED
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