Intel Embree is a collection of high-performance ray-tracing kernels for execution on CPUs (and GPUs via SYCL) and supporting instruction sets such as SSE, AVX, AVX2, and AVX-512. Embree also supports making use of the Intel SPMD Program Compiler (ISPC).

To run this test with the Phoronix Test Suite, the basic command is: phoronix-test-suite benchmark embree.

Project Site


Source Repository


Test Created

28 September 2019

Last Updated

16 November 2023

Test Maintainer

Michael Larabel 

Test Type


Average Install Time

10 Seconds

Average Run Time

3 Minutes, 10 Seconds


60k+ Downloads

Supported Platforms

Supported Architectures


Public Result Uploads *Reported Installs **Reported Test Completions **Test Profile Page Views ***OpenBenchmarking.orgEventsEmbree Popularity Statisticspts/embree2019.092019.112020.012020.032020.052020.072020.092020.112021.012021.032021.052021.072021.092021.112022.012022.032022.052022.072022.092022.112023.012023.032023.052023.072023.092023.112024.012024.032024.056K12K18K24K30K
* Uploading of benchmark result data to OpenBenchmarking.org is always optional (opt-in) via the Phoronix Test Suite for users wishing to share their results publicly.
** Data based on those opting to upload their test results to OpenBenchmarking.org and users enabling the opt-in anonymous statistics reporting while running benchmarks from an Internet-connected platform.
*** Test profile page view reporting began March 2021.
Data updated weekly as of 14 June 2024.
Pathtracer25.9%Pathtracer ISPC74.1%Binary Option PopularityOpenBenchmarking.org
Asian Dragon40.0%Asian Dragon Obj21.0%Crown39.0%Model Option PopularityOpenBenchmarking.org

Revision History

pts/embree-1.6.1   [View Source]   Thu, 16 Nov 2023 06:09:34 GMT
Fix Windows build.

pts/embree-1.6.0   [View Source]   Sat, 14 Oct 2023 15:16:46 GMT
Update against Embree 4.3 upstream, add SYCL option.

pts/embree-1.5.0   [View Source]   Thu, 15 Jun 2023 10:52:53 GMT
Update against Embree 4.1 upstream.

pts/embree-1.4.0   [View Source]   Sat, 11 Mar 2023 08:45:36 GMT
Update against Embree 4.0.1 upstream.

pts/embree-1.3.0   [View Source]   Wed, 08 Feb 2023 14:38:24 GMT
Update against Embree 4.0 upstream.

pts/embree-1.2.1   [View Source]   Sat, 08 May 2021 13:30:27 GMT
Update hashes, Intel respun the release...

pts/embree-1.2.0   [View Source]   Sat, 08 May 2021 08:50:08 GMT
Update against Embree 3.13 upstream.

pts/embree-1.1.1   [View Source]   Thu, 12 Nov 2020 19:12:22 GMT
macOS build fixes.

pts/embree-1.1.0   [View Source]   Thu, 09 Apr 2020 15:53:31 GMT
Update against Embree 3.9.0, add macOS support.

pts/embree-1.0.0   [View Source]   Sat, 28 Sep 2019 12:01:33 GMT
Initial commit of Intel Embree ray-tracing benchmark.

Suites Using This Test


Intel oneAPI

Creator Workloads

Performance Metrics

Analyze Test Configuration:

Embree 4.1

Binary: Pathtracer - Model: Asian Dragon

OpenBenchmarking.org metrics for this test profile configuration based on 261 public results since 15 June 2023 with the latest data as of 26 October 2023.

Below is an overview of the generalized performance for components where there is sufficient statistically significant data based upon user-uploaded results. It is important to keep in mind particularly in the Linux/open-source space there can be vastly different OS configurations, with this overview intended to offer just general guidance as to the performance expectations.

OpenBenchmarking.orgDistribution Of Public Results - Binary: Pathtracer - Model: Asian Dragon261 Results Range From 2 To 243 Frames Per Second218345066829811413014616217819421022624225820406080100

Based on OpenBenchmarking.org data, the selected test / test configuration (Embree 4.1 - Binary: Pathtracer - Model: Asian Dragon) has an average run-time of 2 minutes. By default this test profile is set to run at least 3 times but may increase if the standard deviation exceeds pre-defined defaults or other calculations deem additional runs necessary for greater statistical accuracy of the result.

OpenBenchmarking.orgMinutesTime Required To Complete BenchmarkBinary: Pathtracer - Model: Asian DragonRun-Time3691215Min: 1 / Avg: 2 / Max: 8

Based on public OpenBenchmarking.org results, the selected test / test configuration has an average standard deviation of 0.1%.

OpenBenchmarking.orgPercent, Fewer Is BetterAverage Deviation Between RunsBinary: Pathtracer - Model: Asian DragonDeviation246810Min: 0 / Avg: 0.07 / Max: 1

Tested CPU Architectures

This benchmark has been successfully tested on the below mentioned architectures. The CPU architectures listed is where successful OpenBenchmarking.org result uploads occurred, namely for helping to determine if a given test is compatible with various alternative CPU architectures.

CPU Architecture
Kernel Identifier
Verified On
Intel / AMD x86 64-bit
(Many Processors)