Getting Started


OpenVSIP uses a build system that is based on the GNU autotools. A typical build process thus consists of executing configure, make, and make install. The individual steps are discussed in detail below.


OpenVSIP can be compiled for a variety of target platforms, including x86, ppc, and cuda. It relies on (partly optional) third-party libraries for specific computational kernels:

and for additional language bindings:

OpenVSIP is known to compile with G++, version 4.8 and higher. It is being developed on Fedora.

Testing and benchmarking requires


To configure OpenVSIP:

 % mkdir objdir
 % cd objdir
 % srcdir/configure [options]

Useful options:


To build OpenVSIP:

 % make


To run the OpenVSIP test suite:

 % make check

(To run tests in parallel, use make check parallelism=<n> with the specified concurrency level.)


To install OpenVSIP:

 % make install

This will install OpenVSIP in the prefix specified during configuration.

Running Examples

OpenVSIP contains a number of example applets that demonstrate how to use specific APIs. To build them, start by setting up an OpenVSIP workspace:

% $(prefix)/bin/ovxx-create-workspace <workspace>

Within the created workspace directory structure you can now run make (or make <target>) to build the demo apps. Make sure to set your environment variables (notably LD_LIBRARY_PATH) so that the appropriate libraries are found.

What's next

For an architectural overview of OpenVSIP please refer to Architecture