Write a solver for systems of equations by using Lapack on Mac OS

Apple provides Accelerate library which includes linear algebra library (Lapack). In this post, we will go through writing a simple C++ program to use this library on Mac OS.

Let’s solve the following equations:

We can rewrite the equations as:

Now, let’s write our code:

#include <iostream>
#include <Accelerate/Accelerate.h>

int main()
int number_of_rows = 2;
int number_of_cols = 2;
int number_of_right_hand_side_cols = 1;
int LDA = 2;
int LDB = 2;
int IPIV[3];
int INFO=10;
char TRANS = 'N'; // Non transpose

double a[2*2] = {2, 1, 
		1, -1};
double b[2] = {0,

dgetrf_(&number_of_rows, &number_of_cols, a, &LDA, IPIV, &INFO);
if (!INFO)
	std::cout << "LU factorization executed without errors." << std::endl;

dgetrs_(&TRANS, &number_of_rows, &number_of_right_hand_side_cols, 
		a, &LDA, IPIV, b, &LDB, &INFO);

std::cout << "Result: x_0 = "<< *b <<", x_1 = "<<*(b+1) << std::endl;

if (!INFO)
	std::cout << "Solver executed without errors." << std::endl;


Now, run the code by using the following commands in a terminal:

g++ -llapack lapack_test.cpp -o ltest.o