Some Eigen's algorithms can exploit the multiple cores present in your hardware. To this end, it is enough to enable OpenMP on your compiler, for instance: GCC:
-openmp MSVC: check the respective option in the build properties. You can control the number of thread that will be used using either the OpenMP API or Eiegn's API using the following priority:
Unless setNbThreads has been called, Eigen uses the number of threads specified by OpenMP. You can restore this bahavior by calling
You can query the number of threads that will be used with:
You can disable Eigen's multi threading at compile time by defining the EIGEN_DONT_PARALLELIZE preprocessor token.
Currently, the following algorithms can make use of multi-threading: general matrix - matrix products PartialPivLU
In the case your application is parallelized with OpenMP, you might want to disable Eigen's own parallization as detailed in the previous section.