HELICS CMake options

Main Options

  • CMake_INSTALL_PREFIX: CMake variable listing where to install the files
  • HELICS_BUILD_APP_LIBRARY : [Default=ON] Tell HELICS to build the app Library
  • HELICS_BUILD_APP_EXECUTABLES : [Default=ON] Build some executables associated with the apps
  • HELICS_BUILD_BENCHMARKS : [Default=OFF] Build some timing benchmarks associated with HELICS
  • HELICS_BUILD_CXX_SHARED_LIB : [Default=OFF] Build C++ shared libraries of the Application API C++ interface to HELICS and if HELICS_BUILD_APP_LIBRARY is also enabled another C++ shared library with the APP library
  • HELICS_BUILD_EXAMPLES : [Default=OFF] Build a few select examples using HELICS, this is mostly for testing purposes. The main examples repo is here
  • HELICS_BUILD_TESTS : [Default=OFF] Build the HELICS unit and system test executables.
  • HELICS_ENABLE_LOGGING : [Default=ON] Enable debug and higher levels of logging, if this is turned off that capability is completely removed from HELICS
  • HELICS_ENABLE_PACKAGE_BUILD : [Default=OFF] Enable the generation of some installer packages for HELICS
  • HELICS_GENERATE_DOXYGEN_DOC : [Default=OFF] Generate doxygen documentation for HELICS
  • HELICS_WITH_CMAKE_PACKAGE : [Default=ON] Generate a HELICSConfig.cmake file on install for loading into other libraries
  • BUILD_OCTAVE_INTERACE : [Default=OFF] Build the HELICS Octave Interface
  • BUILD_PYTHON_INTERACE : [Default=OFF] Build the HELICS Python3 Interface
  • BUILD_PYTHON2_INTERACE : [Default=OFF] Build the HELICS Python2 Interface (can be used at the same time as BUILD_PYTHON_INTERFACE)
  • BUILD_JAVA_INTERACE : [Default=OFF] Build the HELICS Java Interface
  • BUILD_MATLAB_INTERACE : [Default=OFF] Build the HELICS Matlab Interface
  • BUILD_CSHARP_INTERACE : [Default=OFF] Build the HELICS C# Interface, NOTE: Only available for CMake 3.8 or higher.
  • CMAKE_CXX_STANDARD : Specify the C++ standard to use in building, HELICS requires 14 or higher which will be used if nothing is specified, HELICS 3.0 will require 17 or higher.
  • HELICS_INSTALL :[Default=ON] If set to off HELICS will not generate any install instructions

NOTE: Most HELICS options are prefixed with HELICS_ to separate them from other libraries so HELICS can be used cleanly as a subproject. The BUILD_XXX_INTERFACE options have not been changed since that would be a large change in an intermediate version, but they will be changed in HELICS 3.0 to HELICS_BUILD_XXXX_INTERFACE to complete the prefixing change for consistency across the library.

Advanced Options

There are several different additional options available to configure HELICS for particular situations, most of which are not needed for general use and the default options should suffice.

HELICS Configuration options

These options effect the configuration of HELICS itself and how/what gets built into the HELICS core libraries

  • ENABLE_ZMQ_CORE : [Default=ON] Enable the HELICS ZeroMQ related core types
  • ENABLE_TCP_CORE : [Default=ON] Enable the HELICS TCPIP related core types
  • ENABLE_UDP_CORE : [Default=ON] Enable the HELICS UDP core type
  • ENABLE_IPC_CORE : [Default=ON] Enable the HELICS interprocess shared memory related core types
  • ENABLE_TEST_CORE : [Default=OFF] Enable the HELICS in process core type with some additional features for tests, required and enabled if the HELICS_BUILD_TESTS option is enabled
  • ENABLE_INPROC_CORE : [Default=ON] Enable the HELICS in process core type, required if HELICS_BUILD_BENCHMARKS is on
  • ENABLE_MPI_CORE : [Default=OFF] Enable the HELICS Message Passing interface(MPI) related core types, most commonly used for High performance computing application (HPC)

HELICS logging Options

  • HELICS_ENABLE_TRACE_LOGGING : [Default=ON] Enable trace level of logging inside HELICS, if this is turned off that capability is completely removed from HELICS
  • HELICS_ENABLE_DEBUG_LOGGING : [Default=ON] Enable debug levels of logging inside HELICS, if this is turned off that capability is completely removed from HELICS

Build configuration Options

Options effect the connection of libraries used in HELICS and how they are linked.

  • HELICS_DISABLE_BOOST : [Default=OFF] Completely turn off searching and inclusion of boost libraries. This will disable the IPC core, disable the webserver and few other features, possibly more in the future.
  • HELICS_DISABLE_WEBSERVER : [Default=OFF] Disable building the webserver part of the helics_broker_server and helics_broker. The webserver requires boost 1.70 or higher and HELICS_DISABLE_BOOST will take precedence.
  • HELICS_DISABLE_ASIO : [Default=OFF] Completely turn off inclusion of ASIO libraries. This will disable all TCP and UDP cores, disable real time mode for HELICS, and disable all timeout features for the Library so use with caution.
  • HELICS_ENABLE_SUBMODULE_UPDATE : [Default=ON] Enable CMake to automatically download the submodules and update them if necessary
  • HELICS_ENABLE_ERROR_ON_WARNING :[Default=OFF] Turns on Werror or equivalent, probably not useful for normal activity, There isn’t many warnings but left in to allow the possibility
  • HELICS_ENABLE_EXTRA_COMPILER_WARNINGS : [Default=ON] Turn on higher levels of warnings in the compilers, can be turned off if you didn’t need or want the warning checks.
  • STATIC_STANDARD_LIB: [Default=””] link the standard library as a static library for no additional C++ system dependencies (recognized values are default, static, and dynamic, anything else is treated the same as default)
  • HELICS_ENABLE_SWIG: [Default=OFF] Conditional option if BUILD_MATLAB_INTERACE or BUILD_PYTHON_INTERFACE or BUILD_JAVA_INTERACE is selected and no other option that requires swig is used. This enables swig usage in cases where it would not otherwise be necessary.
  • HELICS_USE_NEW_PYTHON_FIND: [Default=OFF] If python is required, this option can be set to use newer FindPython routines from CMake, if CMake version in use is >=3.12, This does change the variables that need to be set to link to a specific python, but can be helpful in some situations with newer python versions.
  • HELICS_ENABLE_GIT_HOOKS: install a git hook to check clang format before a push
  • Boost_NO_BOOST_CMAKE: [Default=OFF] This is an option related to the Boost find module, but is occasionally needed if a specific version of boost is desired and there is a system copy of BoostConfig.cmake. So if an incorrect version of boost is being found even when BOOST_ROOT is being specified this option might need to be set to ON.
  • HELICS_BUILD_CONFIGURATION: A string containing a specialized build configuration if any. The only platform this is currently used on is for building on a Raspberry PI system, in which case this should be set to “PI”.

Hidden Options

There are a few options in the CMake system that are not visible in the GUI they mainly deal with particular situations related to release, testing, benchmarks, and code generation and should not be normally used. They are all default off unless otherwise noted.

  • HELICS_SWIG_GENERATE_INTERFACE_FILES_ONLY : Use swig to generate the interface files for the different languages but don’t compile them.
  • HELICS_OVERWRITE_INTERFACE_FILES : Instruct CMake to take the generated files, and overwrite the existing interface files for the given language, only applies to python, Matlab, and Java. This is used in the generation of the interface files for releases and the git repo. It is only active is HELICS_SWIG_GENERATE_INTERFACE_FILES_ONLY is enabled.
  • HELICS_DISABLE_SYSTEM_CALL_TESTS : There are a few test that execute system calls, which could be problematic to compile or execute on certain platforms. This option removes those tests from compilation.
  • INSTALL_SYSTEM_LIBRARIES : Install system libraries with the installation, mainly useful for making a complete installer package with all needed libraries included.
  • HELICS_INSTALL_PACKAGE_TESTS : Set the find_package tests to only look for HELICS in the system install paths, and enable the package-config-tests
  • HELICS_DISABLE_GIT_OPERATIONS : will turn off any of the helper tools that require git, this is useful in a couple cases for building packages and other situations where updates shouldn’t be checked and no modifications should be made.
  • HELICS_SKIP_ZMQ_INSTALL: This is only relevant if ZMQ is built as part of the compilation process, but it skips the installation of zmq as part of HELICS install in that case.
  • HELICS_BENCHMARK_SHIFT_FACTOR: For running the benchmarks this shift factor can be used to scale the number of federates used for the benchmark tests. If used it is required to be a number and is power of 2 shift from nominal values. For example for a small system a shift factor of -1 or -2 might be appropriate for the benchmarks not to take too long. The default for systems with 4 or fewer cores is -1 and 0 for larger compute systems. For small 2 core systems a value of -2 might be appropriate. For some very large systems a bigger value might be able to be used.