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Introducing the Intel Fortran Compilers version 10.0


[A note from Steve: I've asked Ron Green to post this for me because,
well, I'm not here!  Intel had the audacity to schedule the release of
the 10.0 compilers during my vacation, where I'll be without network
access for most of the time.  So, I prepared this text in advance and
hope you'll understand why I don't respond to questions right away!]

It was a bit more than ten years ago, March 11, 1997 to be exact, that
I wrote that we were "tickled burgundy" (DEC's logo color at the time)
to announce Digital Visual Fortran 5.0.  We had little idea then how
popular DVF (later to be called CVF) would become, but it was
gratiftying to see it develop. In 2003, Intel Visual Fortran was
released, and while it too has become quite popular, I know that there
are still some who have held on to CVF to this day, with some not
making the transition because of the requirement to buy Microsoft
Visual C++ or perhaps because they're fans of the CVF COM Server
Wizard, which disappeared from the product with the transition to
Intel.

So, it is with delight ("tickled blue" doesn't quite seem right) that
I say that Intel has released version 10.0 of the Intel Fortran
compilers, including Intel Visual Fortran 10.0 which is now a
completely self-contained product!  That's right, nothing else to buy!
Intel Visual Fortran 10.0 includes Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
Premier Partner Edition, which provides the visual development
environment and everything you need to create, edit, build and debug
Fortran applications for both IA-32 and Intel(R) 64 (and AMD* 32/64)
processors.  Oh, and COM Server Wizard?  That's in there too, with a
spiffy new interface inside of Visual Studio.  What's that you say?
Programming examples?  Yes, that too (at least some, with more on the
way.) Windows Vista is now officially supported in 10.0.

For all three operating systems we support, Linux, Mac OS and Windows,
version 10.0 includes more new features, such as:

- Many new Fortran 2003 features such as C Interoperability and
asynchronous I/O (no procedure pointers yet, sorry)
- A rewritten parallelization/vectorization optimizer for improved
performance
- Static Verifier builds upon the compiler's interprocedural analysis
capability to provide whole-program detection of errors including
routine mismatches, variable misuse, OpenMP directive errors and more
- Optimization reports have been improved to make them easier to
understand and more useful

The Linux compiler now supports more recent Linux distributions such
as Fedora Core 6 (probably by the time this gets posted, FC19 will be
out).  The Mac OS compiler supports 64-bit development.

For a complete list of new features and changes, please read the
compiler release notes, which should be available on the compiler web
site under "Documentation" or "Manuals", and also from where current
users download new versions.

We've also created some new buying options.  In version 9.1, there was
a "Professional Edition" of the compiler on Windows and Mac OS, but
they had different things. On Windows, the Professional Edition
included the IMSL* 5.0 Fortran Library from Visual Numerics, whereas
on Mac OS, that edition included the Intel Math Kernel Library (MKL).
And Linux?  UnProfessional! :-)

In version 10.0, all three operating systems get Standard and
Professional Editions, where the Professional Edition includes the
compiler and Intel MKL, at a price that is a considerable savings over
buying them separately.  On Windows there is a third variant,
"Professional Edition with IMSL", that includes both MKL and IMSL 6.0
(now with thread-safe libraries).  If you have a current support
license for Intel Visual Fortran 9.1 Professional Edition, you get a
free upgrade to the new "Professional Edition with IMSL" - read the
compiler's Installation Guide for details.  If you want to upgrade
from Standard to Professional on any OS, you can do so by buying a
discounted support renewal for the Professional Edition.  This gets
you an additional year of support plus MKL for just a bit more than
the support alone would cost.

Back to Windows for a moment - while it is true that new purchasers of
Intel Visual Fortran 10.0 will get Microsoft Visual Studio Premier
Partner Edition, due to royalty considerations we can't offer that
automatically to all existing 9.1 Standard Edition users.  Most of you
don't need it as you've already bought Visual Studio or Visual C++,
but for those who would like the capability, simply buy the support
renewal which gets you the upgrade to the Professional Edition (MKL),
another year of support, and access to Visual Studio Premier Partner
Edition.  9.1 Professional Edition users will get the Microsoft
software, if desired, with their free upgrade.

For more information, including pricing, where-to-buy, installation
guides and release notes, documentation and more, please visit
http://www.intel.com/software/products/compilers

If you have questions, I'd ask that you take them to our user forums
at http://softwareforums.intel.com/

Steve Lionel (in absentia!)
Developer Products Division
Intel Corporation
Nashua, NH

User communities for Intel Software Development Products
  http://softwareforums.intel.com/
Intel Fortran Support
  http://developer.intel.com/software/products/support/
My Fortran blog
  http://www.intel.com/software/drfortran

On Jun 5, 7:24 pm, Intel.Ron.W.gr@gmail.com wrote:

> (no procedure pointers yet, sorry)

:-(

(or a sniffing smiley)

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