Quick Start#

This guide is intended to jump start new Kokkos users (and beginners, in particular).

Download Latest and Build#


Please become familiar with Kokkos Requirements, and verify that your machine has all necessary compilers, backend GPU SDK (e.g., CUDA, ROCM, Intel oneAPI, etc.),and build system components.

Latest Release

# Uncomment according to the type of file you've downloaded (zip or tar)
unzip kokkos-x.y.z.zip
# tar -xzf kokkos-x.y.z.tar.gz
cd kokkos-x.y.z

Basic Configure, Build, Install Recipes#

OpenMP (CPU Parallelism)#

cmake -B <build-directory> -DKokkos_ENABLE_OPENMP=ON -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=<install-directory> -S <source-directory>
cmake --build <build-directory>
cmake --install <build-directory>


Kokkos will attempt to autodetect GPU microarchitecture, but it is also possible to specify the desired GPU architecture. In scenarios where a device (GPU) backend (e.g., CUDA, HIP) is enabled, Kokkos will default to serial execution on the host (CPU).


cmake -B <build-directory> -DKokkos_ENABLE_CUDA=ON -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=<install-directory> -S <source-directory>
cmake --build <build-directory>
cmake --install <build-directory>


cmake -B <build-directory> -DKokkos_ENABLE_HIP=ON -DCMAKE_CXX_COMPILER=hipcc -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=<install-directory> -S <source-directory>
cmake --build <build-directory>
cmake --install <build-directory>

Building and Linking a Kokkos “Hello World”#


Kokkos_ROOT and the root directory for you target backend SDK (i.e., CUDA_ROOT, ROCM_PATH) will need to be set. Kokkos_ROOT should be set to the path of your Kokkos installation. In a modules environment, the SDK variables will be typically automatically set upon module loading (e.g., module load rocm/5.7.1). Please see Build, Install and Use for additional details. The example detailed below is in the Kokkos Core example directory.

git clone https://github.com/kokkos/kokkos.git
cd example/build_cmake_installed
cmake -B <build-directory> -S . -DKokkos_ROOT=<install-directory>
cd <build-directory>
cmake --build .

Getting Help#

If you need addtional help getting started, please join the Kokkos Slack Channel. Here are sign up details. Joining Kokkos Slack is the on ramp for becoming a project contributor.