Chapter 2. Compile and install

Table of Contents

Hardware, system and software requirements
Generating C source and header files
Optional targets
Targets for checking
Targets for benching
Targets for tuning

Hardware, system and software requirements

The MPFQ library is currently developped mostly for the x86_64 architecture (Intel's Core2 and AMD's Opteron processors). In principle, there is a plain C fallback implementation based on GMP for each function; so any hardware supported by GMP should be ok.

As for the operating system, the library is developped under GNU-Linux; it is expected to be not too hard to port to other Unices, but this is not thoroughly tested.

MPFQ requires some tools for the automatic code generation, and for the compilation:

  • Perl. Tested with versions 5.8.8 and higher

  • GCC. Better choose a version 4.x or higher. Beware. GCC versions 4.3.0 and 4.3.1 suffer from a severe bug (numbered 37101 in GCC's bug tracking system) which affects SSE-2 code generation. This may impact generated code for \(\mathbb{F}_{2^n}\) unpredictably, the outcome being wrong generated code. For this reason, these compiler versions should be avoided. The bug in question is fixed in GCC 4.3.2.

  • GMP. Tested with version 4.2.2 and higher. Must be compiled without nails. If you give the location of gmp-impl.h and longlong.h, this might yield a speed up to MPFQ.

  • CMake. Last tested with 2.8.9 ; should work with most recent versions as well.

Building the documentation (which you are currently reading, so probably of little interest) requires some additional tools:

  • A complete tool chain for generating docbook documents. This includes in particular the xmllint and xsltproc programs, as well as the standard DocBook DTDs and style sheets. The corresponding packages are available in most Linux distributions.

  • Tools for parsing latex-style math text, and converting this to png images. The current scripts included with MPFQ achieve this goal using the following programs:

    • latex

    • ImageMagick