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PGI integrates Fortran compilers with Microsoft Visual Studio

Posted: 22 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 availability of the 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, 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 Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Integrated Development Environment (IDE). PVF incorporates compatibility features that simplify upgrading from legacy 32bit Fortran for Windows to 64bit platforms, including support for Windows 32bit APIs, 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; custom build engine for Fortran applications; custom debug engine; 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-parallelization for multi-core processors, full support for 64bit addressing, native integrated scalar and vector SSE/SSE2/SSE3 code generation, and PGI's optimization infrastructure.

PVF is available in two configurations: the PVF Workstation Complete and the PVF Standard Edition. The former includes 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-optimized BLAS/LAPACK/FFT math library routines, PGI's PGPROF parallel performance profiler, and a full media kit with CD-ROMs and printed documentation. The suggested list price for PVF Workstation Complete is $689, while the PVF Standard Edition is available for $399.

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