Intel Array Building Blocks

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Intel Array Building Blocks
Developer(s) Intel
Initial release May 17, 2010
Preview release
1.0 beta 6 / August 25, 2011
Written in C++
Operating system Windows, Linux
Type library or framework

Intel Array Building Blocks (also known as ArBB) was a C++ library developed by Intel Corporation for exploiting data parallel portions of programs to take advantage of multi-core processors, graphics processing units and Intel Many Integrated Core Architecture processors. ArBB provides a generalized vector parallel programming solution designed to avoid direct dependencies on particular low-level parallelism mechanisms or hardware architectures. ArBB is oriented to applications that require data-intensive mathematical computations. By default, ArBB programs cannot create data races or deadlocks.


Intel Ct was a parallel programming model developed by Intel in 2007 for its future multi-core processors as part of the Tera-Scale research program.[1] In April 2009, Intel announced that "Ct [is] to appear in programmer tools by end of the year".[2] On August 19, 2009, Intel acquired RapidMind, a privately held company founded and headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.[3] In September 2010, Intel Array Building Blocks (ArBB) were introduced as the result of the merger of Intel Ct and RapidMind technologies.[4][5] The first version of ArBB supported Microsoft Windows and Linux, and Intel, Microsoft Visual C++ and GCC C++ compilers.

In October 2012 the project was discontinued in favour of other Intel projects: Cilk Plus and Threading Building Blocks.[6]

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  1. ^ "The Many Flavors of Data Parallelism", Anwar Ghuloum (2007-09-06). Retrieved on 2010-09-14. Archived April 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Intel’s Ct to appear in programmer tools by end of the year", insideHPC (2009-04-08). Retrieved on 2010-09-14.
  3. ^ "RapidMind + Intel", Intel Blog (2009-08-19). Retrieved on 2010-09-14.
  4. ^ "Intel Flexes Parallel Programming Muscles", HPCwire (2010-09-02). Retrieved on 2010-09-14.
  5. ^ "Parallel Studio 2011: Now We Know What Happened to Ct, Cilk++, and RapidMind", Dr. Dobbs Journal (2012-08-06). Retrieved on 2010-09-14.
  6. ^ "Intel® Array Building Blocks" Intel Article. Retrieved on 2013-09-04.

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