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PGI delivers Fortran compilers for multi-core processors

Posted: 21 Sep 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:The Portland Group  STMicroelectronics  PGI Visual Fortran  PVF 

The Portland Group (PGI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics has announced the general availability of PGI Visual Fortran (PVF). PVF fully integrates the PGI suite of high-performance parallelizing 64bit and 32bit Fortran compilers and tools with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 to offer a high-productivity development solution to scientists and engineers upgrading from 32bit to 64bit Microsoft Windows platforms.

PGI compilers and tools are used by engineers and scientists on 64bit and 32bit Linux workstations, servers and clusters based on high-performance microprocessors from Intel and AMD. With this release, PGI extends to these same processors support for building 64bit and 32bit Fortran applications for Windows using the popular Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Integrated Development Environment. PVF incorporates compatibility features that simplify upgrading from legacy 32-bit Fortran for Windows to 64-bit platforms, including support for Windows 32-bit application programming interfaces, calling conventions, directives and de facto standard utilities libraries.

PVF includes the latest version of PGI's native OpenMP and auto-parallelizing compilers for the Fortran 77 and Fortran 95 programming languages. Key features of PVF include: Visual Studio Fortran project system comprised of a Fortran-aware text editor with Fortran intrinsic function tips and keyword completion; custom build engine for Fortran applications; custom debug engine that provides the language-specific debugging capability required for Fortran; support for debugging single-thread, multi-thread and OpenMP parallel applications; Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 interoperability; and support for debugging of mixed PGI Fortran and Visual C++ 2005 applications.

All PGI compilers and tools feature full native support for OpenMP parallel programming extensions, auto-parallelisation for multi-core processors, full support for 64-bit addressing, native integrated scalar, and vector SSE/SSE2/SSE3 code generation and PGI's optimisation infrastructure.

PVF is optimised for 64bit AMD64 and Intel's EM64T and 32-bit x86 processors and builds the PGI Unified Binary – a single executable file containing code sequences optimised for both AMD64 and EM64T processors. The PGI Unified Binary enables Independent Software Vendors and custom applications developers to realise all the benefits of single x64 platform while leveraging the latest innovations from both Intel and AMD.

PVF is available in two configurations: the PVF Workstation Complete and the PVF Standard Edition. PVF Workstation Complete has everything needed to start developing Fortran applications in minutes, including a bundled copy of the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 IDE, the current MSDN documentation library, assembly-optimised BLAS/LAPACK/FFT math library routines, PGI's PGPROF parallel performance profiler, and a full boxed media kit with CD-ROMs and printed documentation. The suggested list price for PVF Workstation Complete is Rs.32,017.83 ($689) and the suggested list price for PVF Standard Edition is Rs.18,541.53 ($399).

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