Compilers speed up applications for Intel-based systems

Intel has introduced new versions of its C++ and Fortran compilers for Windows and Linux-based systems.

Intel claims that Version 7.0 of Intel’s C++ and Intel Fortran compilers for Windows and Linux can improve the performance of applications for Intel Itanium 2, Intel Xeon and Intel Pentium 4 processor-based systems up to 40% when compared to compilers currently available from other vendors.

The new compilers support many features of Compaq Visual Fortran, including command line compatibility and include extensive integration into Microsoft Visual Studio. The Linux version provides GNU compatibility to C++ with the adoption of the C++ application binary interface. These compatibility features make it easier for application developers to start using Intel compilers to see how their applications might perform better on the Intel Architecture.

Intel’s compilers also help developers produce multi-threaded applications and take advantage of its Hyper-Threading technology. Threading is a software development technique that identifies tasks that can be done simultaneously. Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology enables a single physical processor to create a simulated logical processor to run multiple tasks at the same time.

The new compilers also include an auto-parallelization option that automatically looks for opportunities in applications to create multiple execution threads and enhancements to OpenMP support. OpenMP is the industry standard that enables the use of high-level directives that simplify the creation and management of multi-threaded application software.

Version 7.0 of the Intel C++ Compilers for Windows and Linux are now available for the suggested list prices of $399 each. Version 7.0 of the Intel Fortran Compilers for Windows and Linux are now available for the suggested list prices of $499 and $699, respectively.

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