PGI Compilers and Tools from The Portland Group
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Portland Group Inc., The
9150 S.W. Pioneer Court, Suite H
Wilsonville, OR, 97070
Press release date: October 29, 2007
64-bit high-performance parallel Fortran, C and C++ Tools support Mac OS X Leopard
Portland, Ore, October 29, 2007 - The Portland Group®, a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) and leading supplier of compilers for high-performance computing (HPC), today announced the general availability of its PGI® Workstation suite of 64-bit high-performance parallel compilers and tools for Intel processor-based Macs running Mac OS X, including the new fully 64-bit enabled Mac OS X Leopard.
PGI develops and markets high-performance C/C++ and Fortran compilers and development tools that are popular and widely used by engineers and scientists in high-performance technical computing (HPTC). Technical computing involves the modeling and simulation of complex processes, such as ocean modeling, weather forecasting, seismic analysis, bioinformatics and other areas. PGI compilers are recognized in the HPC community for delivering world-class performance across a wide spectrum of applications and benchmarks, and they are referenced regularly as the industry standard for performance and reliability. PGI compilers and tools are designed to extract maximum performance from the latest multi-core processors from Intel and AMD.
"PGI is committed to supporting all popular high-performance computing platforms. We see the Intel processor-based Macs gaining momentum among our traditional customer base of scientists and engineers," said Douglas Miles, director, The Portland Group. "By adding Mac OS X support alongside our existing support for Linux and Windows, HPC developers can now target all the primary platforms using a single, uniform software development environment."
According to Net Applications operating system market share data for computers using the Internet (http://marketshare.hitslink.com), for the year ending 31 August 2007, Mac OS X market share was up over 42%, now comprising 6.2% of the market. Shares for the same period for Microsoft Windows Vista and Linux were 6.3% and 0.8% respectively. Windows XP remains the operating system of choice for most Internet users with over an 80% market share. The Mac's gains are largely the result of new users adopting the Intel processor-based systems as the market share for the older PowerPC processor-based platform fell by less than 0.4% over the period.
"Leopard delivers full native 64-bit support to enable applications to take complete advantage of 64-bit processing while still running side by side with existing 32 bit applications and drivers," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "With a growing base of HPC tools like PGI Workstation now available, more scientists and engineers are choosing the Mac platform."
Today, PGI compilers and tools are used predominantly on 64-bit and 32-bit Linux and Microsoft Windows workstations, servers, and clusters based on microprocessors from AMD and Intel. The Portland Group's flagship product suite, PGI Workstation, includes compiler and tools for building, debugging and profiling 64-bit and 32-bit Fortran, C and C++ applications. Key compiler features include automatic and user-directed parallelization and optimizations for extracting maximum performance from the new generation of multi-core processors. The key advantages of PGI compilers and tools can be found on The Portland Group web site at www.pgroup.com/about/why_PGI.htm. The free trial version PGI Workstation for Mac OS X is available for download at www.pgroup.com/support/downloads.php. Trial versions of PGI compilers for Linux and Windows are available at the same address. Registration is required.
About The Portland Group
The Portland Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics, is the premier supplier of Fortran, C, and C++ compilers and tools for high-performance x64 and x86 processor-based workstations, servers, and clusters. Further information on The Portland Group, its products and its services can be found at www.pgroup.com, by calling Sales at (503) 682-2806, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2006, the Company's net revenues were $9.85 billion and net earnings were $782 million. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.