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Using Intel Integrated Performance Primitive (IPP) with PJMEDIA

Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel® IPP) is an extensive library of multi-core-ready, highly optimized software functions for multimedia data processing, and communications applications.

The Intel IPP can be used with PJMEDIA library to provide the following codecs:

Codec Bitrates (Kbps) Clock rate/
samples per frame
AMR NB 4.75 to 12.2 8000/160 2 7400 internal internal
AMR WB 6.6 to 23.85 16000/320 1 15850 internal internal
G.722.1 16, 24, 32, 40 16000/320 1 16000 pjmedia internal
G.723.1 5.3, 6.3 8000/240 1 5300 internal internal
G.726 16, 24, 32, 40 8000/80 2 - pjmedia pjmedia The bitrate is negotiated in SDP
G.728 16 8000/80 2 16000 pjmedia internal
G.729A 8 8000/80 2 8000 internal internal 1) Annex D and Annex E is supported for receive direction.

Table of Contents

  1. Requirements
  2. Installation
    1. Windows Instructions
    2. Linux Instructions
  3. PJMEDIA Configuration
    1. Enable IPP Support
    2. Enable/Disable? Individual IPP Codec
    3. Verifying Intel IPP Codecs Support
    4. Manipulating IPP Codecs
  4. Static Linking
    1. Windows Instructions
    2. Linux Instructions
  5. Using in Applications
    1. Codec Registration
    2. Codec Settings
  6. Setting DLL/Shared Library Path
    1. Setting up DLL Path
    2. Setting up LD_LIBRARY_PATH
  7. Open Issues
    1. Bitrate Selection
    2. AMR Options
    3. MacOS X Support
    4. Visual Studio 6 Support


The following are required:

  • PJSIP version 1.0-rc1 or above
  • Intel IPP library for your platform
  • Intel IPP samples for your platform
  • Suitable compiler for both PJSIP and IPP for your platform

The following IPP versions have been tested:

  • Intel IPP version 5.3 Update 3, tested on Windows and Linux
  • Intel IPP version 6.1, tested on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X

Note that the use of Intel IPP requires a license from Intel, and in addition a license from the parties who own the royalty of the codec(s) may also be required.

Update: (2009/01/02)
We have tested Intel IPP version 6.x on Windows/Visual? Studio and found the following results:
  • the build and integration instructions on this page still apply for version 6.0, with the minor exceptiond:
    • the bin folder of the speech-codec samples has been renamed to _bin.
    • the usc.lib file has been renamed to speech.lib. Support for this has been added on PJSIP version 1.0.3 (or revision r2412 or later).
  • there are link errors when building the application using statically linked CRT (/MT[d] compiler option), something like the following:
    msvcrt.lib(ti_inst.obj) : error LNK2005: "private: 
      __thiscall type_info::type_info(class type_info const &)"
     (??0type_info@@AAE@ABV0@@Z) already defined in LIBCMTD.lib(typinfo.obj)
    msvcrt.lib(ti_inst.obj) : error LNK2005: "private: class type_info 
      & __thiscall type_info::operator=(class type_info const &)" 
      (??4type_info@@AAEAAV0@ABV0@@Z) already defined in LIBCMTD.lib(typinfo.obj)''
    This is caused by that IPP samples is by default built using dynamically linked CRT (/MD compiler option). A simple way to solve this is by modifying the makefile of speech-codec samples, for example by inserting the following line to ipp-samples\speech-codecs\Makefile line 46:
        M_FLAG = /Zl ## omitting the default C runtime library name
    IPP samples application (*.exe) may not build successfully, however speech.lib will be built successfully and linkable with any CRT linkage types.
Update: (2009/01/14)
Michael Toop has tested Intel IPP version 6.0 Update 1 on Ubuntu Linux 8.04, and posted detail instructions on how to fix PJSIP to use IPP v.60.


Windows Instructions

Download and install IPP and IPP samples

  1. Download Intel IPP and Intel IPP samples from
  2. Run the Intel IPP installer (e.g. w_ipp_ia32_p_5.3.3.082.exe). The default installation will install it to C:\Program Files\Intel\IPP\ folder, and this is the folder that will be referred to by this tutorial.
  3. Unzip the Intel IPP samples (e.g. to a folder. This tutorial assumes that the samples are installed in C:\ipp-samples, but it can be installed anywhere else with some modifications to the instructions below.

Build the IPP samples

  1. Go to the IPP samples unzipped folder (e.g. C:\ipp-samples).
  2. Go to speech-codecs folder.
  3. Open the readme.htm file, and follow the instructions there to build the samples from the source.
    • Typically the build process will involve just setting the IPPROOT envirunment variable and execute the buildxx.bat batch file.

Once the build process done, you should have usc.lib file in a directory inside speech-codecs\bin directory (in my case, it's in C:\ipp-samples\speech-codecs\bin\win32_cl9\lib folder). The directory name corresponds to the platform where the samples are built for. (Note: for IPP version 6, the bin folder has been renamed to _bin).

If you have any problems with installing and/or building the IPP or IPP samples, please read the IPP documentation or contact Intel for support.

Configure Visual Studio

  1. Add Intel IPP include and library paths to Visual Studio paths. For example if 32bit Intel IPP is installed in C:\Program Files\Intel\IPP\\ia32 directory:
    • add to the VS include path:
      • C:\Program Files\Intel\IPP\\ia32\include
    • add to the VS library path:
      • C:\Program Files\Intel\IPP\\ia32\lib
      • C:\Program Files\Intel\IPP\\ia32\stublib
  2. Add Intel IPP samples include and library path to Visual Studio paths. For example, if Intel IPP samples are located in C:\ipp-samples:
    • add to the include path:
      • C:\ipp-samples\speech-codecs\core\usc\include
    • add to the library path (please replace win32_cl9 with the actual directory name where the file usc.lib is found. Please see the IPP build instructions above):
      • C:\ipp-samples\speech-codecs\bin\win32_cl9\lib

Note that you still need to enable IPP support in your config_site.h in order to use the IPP features. This will be explained in later sections.

Linux Instructions

Download and install IPP and IPP samples

  1. Download Intel IPP and Intel IPP samples from
  2. Extract the archive to a temporary folder
  3. Run the installer (e.g. ./ and follow the on screen instructions. The default installation options will install it to "/opt/intel/ipp/" directory (e.g. "/opt/intel/ipp/" in my case).
  4. Extract IPP samples to a directory (e.g. to "~/Desktop/ipp-samples").

Build the IPP samples

  1. Go to the directory where IPP samples have been extracted to (e.g. ~/Desktop/ipp-samples).
  2. Go to speech-codecs folder.
  3. Open the readme.htm file, and follow the instructions there to build the samples from the source. Typically you'd just need to execute one of the build*.sh script.

The build process produces the following:

  • (for IPP v5.3) libusc.a file somewhere under speech-codecs/bin directory, e.g. ipp-samples/speech-codecs/bin/linux32_gcc3/lib directory.
  • (for IPP v6.x) libspeech.a file somewhere under speech-codecs/_bin directory, e.g. ipp-samples/speech-codecs/_bin/linuxem64t_gcc4/lib directory.

The directory name corresponds to the platform where the samples are built for.

If you have any problems with installing and/or building the IPP or IPP samples, please read the IPP documentation or contact Intel for support.

Running "configure" with IPP support

The configure script needs to be invoked with the appropriate IPP options in order to set up IPP include and library paths. There are three relevant arguments:

  --with-ipp=DIR          Specify the Intel IPP location
  --with-ipp-samples=DIR  Specify the Intel IPP samples location
  --with-ipp-arch=ARCH    Specify the Intel IPP ARCH suffix, e.g. "64" or
                          "em64t". Default is blank for IA32.

For this tutorial, we'll use two environment variables to hold the location of IPP and IPP samples.

Sample configure session for Intel IPP 5.3 for IA32 architecture:

$ cd /your/pjproject/directory
$ export IPPROOT=/opt/intel/ipp/
$ export IPPSAMPLES=~/Desktop/ipp-samples
$ ./configure --enable-ipp --with-ipp=$IPPROOT --with-ipp-samples=$IPPSAMPLES

Sample configure session for Intel IPP 6.1 for em64t architecture:

$ cd /your/pjproject/directory
$ export IPPROOT=/opt/intel/ipp/
$ export IPPSAMPLES=~/Desktop/opt/intel/ipp-samples
$ ./configure --enable-ipp --with-ipp=$IPPROOT --with-ipp-samples=$IPPSAMPLES --with-ipp-arch=em64t

Note that you still need to enable IPP support in your config_site.h in order to use the IPP features. This will be explained in the next section.

PJMEDIA Configuration

Enable IPP Support

By default, IPP support is disabled in PJMEDIA. To enable IPP support, declare the following in your config_site.h:


Note that you still need to set this macro even after IPP has been enabled with the configure command.

Enable/Disable? Individual IPP Codec

Once IPP support is enabled, by default all IPP codecs are enabled. To disable parcular codecs at compile time, use the following constructs:


You can also enable/disable the individual IPP codec at run-time by setting the particular codec priority to zero.

Verifying Intel IPP Codecs Support

To verify that Intel IPP codecs supports are present, you can run pjsua and enter "Cp" (codec priority) command from the menu. It should display all IPP codecs that are enabled at compile time, e.g.:

>>> Cp
List of codecs:
  130   speex/16000/1
  129   speex/8000/1
  128   speex/32000/1
  128   iLBC/8000/1
  128   GSM/8000/1
  128   PCMU/8000/1
  128   PCMA/8000/1
  128   G722/16000/1
  128   AMR/8000/1
  128   AMR-WB/16000/1
  128   G729/8000/1
  128   G723/8000/1
  128   G726-32/8000/1
  128   G728/8000/1
  128   G7221/16000/1
  128   G7221/16000/1
  0     L16/44100/1
  0     L16/44100/2
  0     L16/8000/1
  0     L16/8000/2
  0     L16/11025/1
  0     L16/11025/2
  0     L16/16000/1
  0     L16/16000/2
  0     L16/22050/1
  0     L16/22050/2
  0     L16/32000/1
  0     L16/32000/2
  0     L16/48000/1
  0     L16/48000/2

Enter codec id and its new priority (e.g. "speex/16000 200"), empty to cancel:
Codec name ("*" for all) and priority:

Manipulating IPP Codecs

To change the IPP codec properties at run-time (e.g. to enable/disable, change the priority, bitrate, vad/plc setting, etc.), use the usual codec manipulation API that is available from both PJSUA-LIB or PJMEDIA.

More information is available in Using in Application section below.

Static Linking

Windows Instructions

By default, PJMEDIA will automatically link with Intel IPP libraries when Visual Studio is used. This is done by using using #pragma comment(lib) constructs in the source code. This is convenient, however it will only link with the stub libraries and the Intel IPP DLL's will be required when distributing the application.

If application wants to link with the different types of the Intel IPP libraries (for example, the static libraries), it must set PJMEDIA_AUTO_LINK_IPP_LIBS option to zero and specify the Intel IPP libraries in the application's input library specification manually.


  1. Disable default automatic linking:
  2. Add C:\Program Files\Intel\IPP\\ia32\lib to the VS library path
  3. Include the following libraries in the application project setting:
    ippsmerged.lib ippsemerged.lib ippscmerged.lib ippscemerged.lib ippsrmerged.lib ippsremerged.lib ippcorel.lib usc.lib
  4. Insert IPP static initialization function, i.e: ippStaticInit() declared in ippcore.h, into the startup point of the application, e.g:
    #include <ippcore.h>
    main() {
        /* Init IPP before calling any IPP functions. */

Linux Instructions

By default, the configuration and build system will link with Intel IPP shared libraries. This is controlled by the IPP_LIBS setting in the auto-generated build.mak file:

export IPP_LIBS=-lusc -lippsc -lipps -lippsr -lippcore -lguide

If you want to configure static linking, you can override this variable in your user.mak file, or change the value in the build.mak. The later is not recommended since the build.mak file will be overwritten everytime configure is run.

Sample to override the variable in user.mak:

export IPP_LIBS=-lusc -lippscmerged ..

Additional Information on IPP Linkage Models:

Using in Applications

Codec Registration

Before application can use any of the IPP codecs above, the IPP codec factory must be registered to the codec manager. If application is using PJSUA-LIB, this will be done automatically by PJSUA-LIB. If application is using PJMEDIA directly, then it must register the IPP codec factory by calling:


Codec Settings

Codec settings are managed by setting the appropriate field in settings part of pjmedia_codec_param as usual.

Setting DLL/Shared Library Path

By default, the build process links with the IPP dynamic libraries. Because of this, you'd need to set the DLL/shared library path before running PJSIP application that links with Intel IPP.

Setting up DLL Path

On Windows, you'd need to add Intel IPP's DLL location to your PATH variable.


On Linux, you'd need to add Intel IPP shared library location to your LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable:


Open Issues

Bitrate Selection

For codecs that support multiple bitrates (such as G.723.1 and AMR), the encoding bitrate is currently selected by setting field. This mechanism currently contradicts the normal convention of not modifying part of pjmedia_codec_param.

AMR Options

Negotiation of various AMR options in SDP is currently not supported. The AMR mode is locked to bandwidth-optimized, and when AMR with octet-aligned packet is received, the behavior is undefined.

MacOS X Support

Although IPP is said to be supported for MacOS X (Intel), we don't know yet how to configure this support.

Visual Studio 6 Support

Visual Studio 6 is not supported by the Intel IPP samples build system. If you wish to use Visual Studio 6 to build the samples, replace the search_compilers.bat in the tools\env directory under the IPP samples directory with the one from the attachment of this page below.

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