Owl is an OCaml scientific library.
Published: 17 Nov 2019
Owl - OCaml Scientific and Engineering Computing
Owl is a dedicated system for scientific and engineering computing in the functional programming language OCaml.
This software is currently maintained by Komposio, a Helsinki-based software consulting company.
Visit the project website at ocaml.xyz
You can enable optional features by setting the following variables to
1 before compilation:
OWL_ENABLE_EXPMODE=1: turn on experiment features like
OWL_ENABLE_DEVMODE=1: turn on all the warnings in development
OWL_ENABLE_OPENMP=1: turn on OpenMP support in core module and the automatic parameter tuning (AEOS)
OWL_CFLAGSallows to change the default flags passed to the C targets, it defaults to
OWL_CFLAGS="-g -O3 -Ofast -march=native -mfpmath=sse -funroll-loops -ffast-math -DSFMT_MEXP=19937 -msse2 -fno-strict-aliasing -Wno-tautological-constant-out-of-range-compare"`
OWL_AEOS_CFLAGSallows to change the default flags passed to the C targets when compiling AEOS. It defaults to
OWL_AEOS_CFLAGS="-g -O3 -Ofast -march=native -funroll-loops -ffast-math -DSFMT_MEXP=19937 -fno-strict-aliasing"
-llapackeflag in the linking options. This is useful when you have lapacke installed on non-standard localtion.
If you are not using
opam, you should run
make clean before recompiling the library after having changed any of those environment variables.
For examples of use of this feature, you can refer to the
Docker.ubuntu.arm docker files, or to the snippet in https://github.com/owlbarn/owl/issues/394#issuecomment-471364916 (which also shows how to use it within
A common source of frustration when installing
owl is the possible appearence of linking errors (see for example https://github.com/owlbarn/owl/issues/450). This usually happens when installing
owl on ubuntu (where it depends on how openblas is complied and packaged), but could happen in other distributions (see for example https://discuss.ocaml.org/t/owl-undefined-symbols-after-standard-installation/4186/13). The only way we could solve those issues is to recompile
openblas and install it manually. You can see how we do it by looking at the Docker files in the repository: https://github.com/owlbarn/owl/blob/master/docker/Dockerfile.ubuntu