Re: [Rd] Problem building R with Intel MKL v10 BLAS

From: Hin-Tak Leung <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 20:11:07 +0000

Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

> On Mon, 28 Jan 2008, Hin-Tak Leung wrote:

>> Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>>> On Fri, 25 Jan 2008, Michael Braun wrote:
>>>> Thanks for everyone's help. Unfortunately, still no success. So I
>>>> took the alternate route suggested in section A.3.1.5 of R-admin,
>>>> and just created a symbolic link from to
>>>> .../ I can still multiply 2 matrices together in
>>>> R, so it looks like this is working. Can you propose any other test
>>>> to be sure?
>>> Run 'make check' ... it includes some tests specifically for working
>>> BLAS.
>> <snipped>
>> That reminds me of a discussion I had with our IT guy regarding
>> building R 2.5.0 against MKL 8. He had MKL 8.0 against 2.4.x
>> previously and it is
>> actually faster than 9.x ; but he was having trouble upgrading to R
>> 2.5.0 (with MKL 8).
>> It turns out that R 2.5.0 added a couple of checks for some
>> double-complex BLAS/LAPACK routines (I can't remember which), which
>> are missing in MKL8, so it is a fact that R 2.5.0 won't build against
>> MKL 8 - but will build against MKL 9, and once you have built 2.5.0
>> against MKL9, you can swap the libraries (somewhat dangerously) to get
>> the speed
>> of MKL8 back...
>> It is not unthinkable that some more checks are added in 2.6.x and
>> MKL 10 is not passing them... one needs the result of config.log to be
>> sure.
> Looking at the svn logs, the last change to the BLAS configure tests was 
> in Nov 2005.

That would be in the R 2.2 <-> R 2.3 time frame (maybe our IT guys was having problem jumping from 2.2 to 2.5)... Anyway, I am quite sure about the R 2.5 + MKL 8 failure as I had looked at the config.log myself then. To see what's wrong with the original poster's set up one needs to look at the config.log . mailing list Received on Tue 29 Jan 2008 - 20:12:34 GMT

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