The Portland Group, a subsidiary of STMicroelectronics, announces the general availability of PGI Visual Fortran (PVF) Release 9.0 for Windows workstations, servers and clusters.
The Portland Group, a subsidiary of STMicroelectronics, has announced the
general availability of PGI Visual Fortran Release 9.0 for Windows
workstations, servers and clusters.
PVF 9.0 is the first general release to include support for the building,
launching and debugging of Microsoft MPI (MSMPI) Fortran applications from
within the Microsoft Visual Studio integrated development environment.
"PVF 9.0 is a big step forward in ease-of-use for HPC
Fortran programmers porting applications to or developing applications for
Windows workstations, servers and clusters," said Douglas Miles, director of Portland
Group, in a statement. "For Windows Fortran users looking to leverage the power
of Windows HPC Server 2008 clusters, the
ability to cover all aspects of Message Passing Interface [MPI] and parallel
Fortran application development from within the Microsoft Visual Studio IDE
can simplify their work considerably."
PVF augments the Visual Studio debugger by adding a Fortran language-specific
custom debug engine, Portland Group officials said. The PVF debug engine
supports debugging of single- and multi-thread, OpenMP, multi-thread MSMPI and
hybrid MSMPI+OpenMP Fortran applications, the company said.
The software enables debugging of 64-bit or 32-bit applications using source
code or assembly code, and provides full access to the registers and hardware
state of the processors. Other new multiprocess MSMPI capabilities in PVF 9.0
include Visual Studio property pages for configuring compile-time options,
launching applications either locally on a workstation or on a
distributed-memory Windows HPC Server 2008
cluster system, and debugging of programs running either locally or on a
cluster, the company said.
PGI Visual Fortran is compatible with both the current version of Visual
Studio, Visual Studio 2008, and the previous version, Visual Studio 2005,
Portland Group officials said.
"The majority of HPC applications are
still written in Fortran and parallelized using MPI and OpenMP," said Vince Mendillo,
director of technical computing marketing at Microsoft, in a statement. "By
including MSMPI job launch and debugging support within PGI Visual Fortran, PGI
has further enhanced the Windows HPC Server
2008 ecosystem and simplified porting of HPC
applications to Windows clusters."
Additional new features in PVF 9.0 include support for Intel Core i7
(Nehalem) and six-core AMD Opteron
(Istanbul) processors, several incremental Fortran 2003 features, improvements
in serial debugging and disassembly speed, and completely updated documentation
and online help.
PGI Release 9.0 is the first general release to include support for the
high-level PGI Accelerator programming model on x64 processor-based Linux
systems incorporating NVIDIA CUDA-enabled GPUs, Portland
group officials said. Announced last month, the PGI Release 9.0 line of
high-performance parallelizing compilers and development tools for Linux, Mac
OS X and Windows is now available.