Software tool targets hyper-threading

Intel’s ‘Thread Checker’ 1.0 is a new software tool designed to help developers locate hard-to-find bugs in applications designed for Intel Pentium 4 and Intel Xeon systems that include Hyper-Threading Technology.

The software uses an advanced error detection engine that monitors program execution and pinpoints the location of threading bugs in hours rather than days or weeks using traditional tools and methods. Traditional tools require a developer to guess where to place traps in source code. The Thread Checker eliminates this guesswork and locates the exact lines of code that are causing threading errors. The tool classifies issues into categories ranging from errors to warnings, and shows variable, source line, and call stack information for easy developer analysis.

In addition to the Intel Thread Checker, Intel offers a suite of software development products that includes Intel C++ and Intel Fortran compilers, Intel VTune analyzers and the Intel Integrated Performance Primitives software library.

The Thread Checker is priced at $1,198 for a single user commercial license and includes Intel VTune Performance Analyser. The software is available at www.intel.com/software/products and will also be available from resellers in the second quarter of 2003.

The tool is available for Intel Pentium 4 processor- and Intel Xeon processor-based systems running Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000.

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