Latest 2.0.0
License MIT
Platforms ios 8.0, osx 10.9, requires ARC
Frameworks Accelerate
Authors ,

Carthage compatible

Swift + Accelerate + Heavy inspiration from Surge

Jolt is a project which was originally a fork of Surge. It has since been spun off into it’s own project due significant API differences. Surge was originally developed during the Swift 1 timeframe, yet Swift has evolved and is continuing to evolve. Therefore, the motivation Jolt was to bring Surge up to date with new Swift features and API Guidelines. Swift’s new API Guidelines are available at

Other notable differences

  • Jolt is built for both OSX and iOS platforms.
  • Jolt can be easily installed with Carthage.
  • It is possible to create custom generic types that utilize Jolt functions.

    struct Plane<T: AccelerateFloatingPoint> {
    let normal: [T]
    let distance: T
    init(normal: [T], point: [T]) {
       self.normal = T.normalize(normal)
       self.distance =, y: point)
    init(p1: [T], p2: [T], p3: [T]){
       self.normal = T.normalize(T.cross((p2 + -p1), y: (p3 + -p1)))
       self.distance = -(, y: p1))

Thank you to Mattt Thompson for the excellent idea of surfacing the Accelerate Framework API and making them Swifty!


Accelerate is a framework that provides high-performance functions for matrix math, digital signal processing, and image manipulation. It harnesses SIMD instructions available in modern CPUs to significantly improve performance of certain calculations.

Because of its relative obscurity and inconvenient APIs, Accelerate is not commonly used by developers… which is a shame, since many applications could benefit from these performance optimizations.

Jolt aims to bring Accelerate to the mainstream, making it as easy (and nearly as fast, in most cases) to perform computation over a set of numbers as for a single member.

Curious about the name Jolt?
The name Jolt is derived from the fact that this project is forked from Surge.
Back in the mid 90’s, Apple, IBM, and Motorola teamed up to create AltiVec (a.k.a the Velocity Engine), which provided a SIMD instruction set for the PowerPC architecture. When Apple made the switch to Intel CPUs, AltiVec was ported to the x86 architecture and rechristened Accelerate. The derivative of Accelerate (and second derivative of Velocity) is known as either jerk, jolt, surge, or lurch, hence the name of this library.
If it’s a derivative of Surge, why didn’t I call it Jounce or Snap?
Well because those are silly.

Disclaimer: Accelerate is not a silver bullet. Under certain conditions, such as performing simple calculations over a small data set, Accelerate can be out-performed by conventional algorithms. Always benchmark to determine the performance characteristics of each potential approach.


Initial benchmarks on iOS devices and the iOS simulator indicate significant performance improvements over a conventional Swift implementation.

import Jolt

let numbers: [Double] = ...
var sum: Double = 0.0

// Naïve Swift Implementation
sum = reduce(numbers, 0.0, +)

// Jolt Implementations
sum = Jolt.sum(numbers)
sum = numbers.sum()

(Time in seconds, Optimization Level Fast, Whole Module Optimization)

Operation n Swift Surge Δ
sum 100,000,000 0.055 0.112 ~0.5x
sin 100,000,000 7.803 1.946 ~4x
exp 100,000,000 6.406 1.427 ~4.5x

Jolt’s performance characteristics have not yet been thoroughly evaluated, though initial benchmarks show some promise. If anything, a comparison with the original benchmarks from Surge demonstrate just how far the Swift optimizer has come.


Jolt is Carthage compatible. To install add the following to your Cartfile.

github "TheArtOfEngineering/Jolt" 

For additional info on Carthage installation please visit


Jolt functions are named according to their corresponding "Math.h" functions, where applicable (omitting f and d affixes, since type information is communicated and enforced by the language’s type system).


  • sum
  • asum
  • max
  • min
  • mean
  • meamg
  • measq
  • add
  • mul
  • div
  • mod
  • remainder
  • sqrt


  • abs
  • ceil
  • copysign
  • floor
  • rec
  • round
  • trunc


  • exp
  • exp2
  • log
  • log2
  • log10
  • logb


  • fft


  • sinh
  • cosh
  • tanh
  • asinh
  • acosh
  • atanh


  • add
  • mul
  • inv
  • transpose


  • pow


  • sincos
  • sin
  • cos
  • tan
  • asin
  • acos
  • atan
  • rad2deg
  • deg2rad


Computing Sum of [Double]

import Jolt

let n = [1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0]
let sum = n.sum() // 15.0

Computing Product of Two [Double]s

import Jolt

let a = [1.0, 3.0, 5.0, 7.0]
let b = [2.0, 4.0, 6.0, 8.0]

let product = a * b // [2.0, 12.0, 30.0, 56.0]


Jolt is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.

Latest podspec

    "name": "Jolt",
    "version": "2.0.0",
    "license": "MIT",
    "summary": "Swift + Accelerate + A shameless fork from Surge",
    "homepage": "",
    "authors": {
        "Mattt Thompson": "[email protected]",
        "Tyler Cloutier": "[email protected]"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "2.0.0"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "8.0",
        "osx": "10.9"
    "source_files": "Source/*.swift",
    "frameworks": "Accelerate",
    "requires_arc": true

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