New Intel Compilers Simplify Cross-Platform Development And Boost Application Performance

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 9, 2003 – Intel Corporation today introduced version 8.0 of Intel® compilers. The compilers help boost application performance and offer a single package of tools for building applications that run on servers, desktops and mobile systems, such as laptops, mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) based on Intel processors.


Software developers use compilers to translate a programming language, such as C++ or Fortran, into the machine language understood by the processor. A more efficient compiler results in better application performance. Intel’s compilers are designed to help software developers deliver improved performance for their applications running on Intel processor-based systems, from cell-phones and PDAs to database servers and super-computers.

„The multitude of target platforms presents new challenges and new opportunities to today’s software developers,“ said Jon Khazam, general manager of Intel’s Software Products Division. „Taking advantage of these opportunities requires the right software development tools. Whether seeking to increase transactions per second or engineering analysis on servers or facilitating faster and smoother interactions for mobile, wireless and handheld computing devices, the Intel compilers enable developers to build the software for the complete system, both the server side and the handsets.“

The new products include Intel® C++ and Fortran Compilers for Windows* and Linux* as well as Intel C++ Compilers for Windows CE .NET*. The compilers are designed for systems based on the following Intel processors: Intel® Itanium® 2, Intel® Xeon(tm), Intel® Pentium® 4, Intel® Personal Internet Client Architecture for mobile phones and PDAs and the Intel® Pentium® M (a component of Intel® Centrino(tm) mobile technology).

The Intel® Visual Fortran Compiler for Windows* represents the next generation in compiler technology for high performance computing. It combines the language features of Compaq Visual Fortran* (CVF) and the performance made possible by Intel compiler optimization and code-generation technology, enabling developers to more easily move source code developed with CVF to Intel Visual Fortran. For the first time, it also makes CVF language features available on both Intel 32-bit and Itanium-based systems running Windows. In addition, it brings CVF language features to Linux on systems using Intel 32-bit and Itanium processors. An enhanced version of the compiler, Intel® Visual Fortran Compiler, Professional Edition, for Windows*, will be available early in 2004, which will include the IMSL Fortran 5.0 Library,* which is developed by Visual Numerics, Inc.

The compilers are designed to deliver improved application performance by taking advantage of the power in Intel processors. They are compatible with popular development environments so developers can preserve the way they develop software. Each compiler also includes one year of upgrades and support provided directly from Intel.

„The MySQL database is designed from the start to maximize speed,“ said David Axmark, co-founder and vice president of MySQL AB. „The new Intel C++ Compiler 8.0 amplified this native speed with proven performance gains of more than 20 percent** over using GCC3.3, extending MySQL’s position as one of the fastest, most popular databases in the world.“

The compilers support the forthcoming Intel processor code-named „Prescott,“ which includes new instructions that will improve graphical and video performance as well as other compute-intensive application characteristics, and the new Mobile MMX(tm) technology which similarly provides performance capabilities for graphical, audio and video performance on mobile phones and PDAs. These tools combine to offer application developers a set of common tools for building new wireless network-based applications based on the Intel Architecture. The new Intel compilers also support Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology and OpenMP* 2.0, an industry specification for using high level directives to thread applications.

New tools offered in the compilers include the Intel® Code Coverage and Intel® Test Prioritization Tools. Used together, these tools can speed application development and improve quality by improving how pre-release software testing is done.

When an application is tested, the Code Coverage Tool presents a complete picture of how much application logic is exercised, and where the logic is located in the application source code. As applications change or if a given test does not exercise the part of the application of interest to the developer, the Test Prioritization tool is used to ensure the right code is exercised.

There are multiple models of the new Intel compilers with prices that range from $399 to $1,499. They are available today from Intel and resellers worldwide. More information is available at