# Clone alpaka from
git clone --branch 0.9.0
cd alpaka
mkdir build && cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/install/ ..
cmake --install .

Tests and Examples

Build and run examples:

# ..
cmake -Dalpaka_BUILD_EXAMPLES=ON ..
cmake --build . -t vectorAdd
./example/vectorAdd/vectorAdd # execution

Build and run tests:

# ..
cmake --build .

Enable accelerators:

Alpaka uses different accelerators to execute kernels on different processors. To use a specific accelerator in alpaka, two steps are required.

  1. Enable the accelerator during the CMake configuration time of the project.

  2. Select a specific accelerator in the source code.

By default, no accelerator is enabled because some combinations of compilers and accelerators do not work, see the table of supported compilers. To enable an accelerator, you must set a CMake flag via cmake .. -Dalpaka_ACC_<acc>_ENABLE=ON when you create a new build. The following example shows how to enable the CUDA accelerator and build an alpaka project:

cmake -Dalpaka_ACC_GPU_CUDA_ENABLE=ON ...

In the overview of cmake arguments you will find all CMake flags for activating the different accelerators. How to select an accelerator in the source code is described on the example page.


If an accelerator is selected in the source code that is not activated during CMake configuration time, a compiler error occurs.


When the test or examples are activated, the alpaka build system automatically activates the serial backend, as it is needed for many tests. Therefore, the tests are run with the serial backend by default. If you want to test another backend, you have to activate it at CMake configuration time, for example the HIP backend: cmake .. -DBUILD_TESTING=ON -Dalpaka_ACC_GPU_HIP_ENABLE=ON. Some alpaka tests use a selector algorithm to choose a specific accelerator for the test cases. The selector works with accelerator priorities. Therefore, it is recommended to enable only one accelerator for a build to make sure that the right one is used.