Intel to launch C++ and Fortran compilers for Linux

Intel Corp. is set to launch on Thursday two new compilers designed to allow developers to optimize Linux applications for Intel's Pentium 4 and Itanium processors.

The company will announce new versions of the Intel C++ Complier for Linux and the Intel Fortran Compiler for Linux, both of which will include OpenMP support, designed to simplify application development for multiprocessor computers, Intel said in a statement.

Compilers work by taking source code written by programmers, and compiling it into machine code, which is read by the computer's processor.

The new compilers will bring optimization features -- first introduced with Intel's compilers for Windows -- to the open source Linux operating system, Intel said. The features include interprocedural optimization, which is designed to improve performance of programs with many small, frequently used functions; auto-vectorization, which increases speed by finding similar code occurrences; and profile-guided optimization, which shrinks the code size by reorganizing the layout, Intel said. Both compilers will also ship with Intel's Linux-based debugger, which finds errors in programming code.

Both products will be available next month, and will be priced at US$399 each when downloaded from Intel's Web site, or $499 if bought as a CD-ROM kit, the company said.

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