Intel begins shipping its Intel Parallel Studio, a tool set designed to help Windows developers write parallel computing applications.
has begun shipping its Intel Parallel Studio, a tool set designed to
help Windows developers write parallel computing applications.
James Reinders, director of Intel Software Development Products, said the
studio is an on-ramp to parallelism for C/C++ developers using Microsoft Visual
Intel Parallel Studio has three primary components, Intel Parallel Composer,
Intel Parallel Inspector and Intel Parallel Amplifier, which together enable
Windows developers to "create, debug and optimize applications for multicore
processors," Reinders said.
As part of the May 26 announcement, Reinders said Intel is also making Intel
Parallel Advisor Lite available. Intel Parallel Advisor Lite is a "plug-in
for Intel Parallel Studio that enables Windows developers to determine where
parallelism is most beneficial to existing source code." Intel is offering
Intel Parallel Advisor Lite to developers at no additional charge from
Developers can get the Intel Parallel Studio from
Pricing for the studio is $799 for commercial
customers and $199 for academic customers; each component sold separately is
Intel Parallel Studio helps developers design, code and debug, verify and
tune parallel applications. The tool set enables developers to gain insight on
where parallelism will most benefit existing source code, and also aids
development of effective applications with a C/C++ compiler and comprehensive
threaded libraries, the company said. And it helps to ensure application
reliability with proactive parallel memory and threading error checking,
During beta testing the Intel Parallel Studio garnered high marks from
developers, according to Intel. Indeed, 75 percent of the beta testers said
they saw useful results within 15 minutes, and 75 percent also said they would
recommend Parallel Studio to a colleague. In addition, 86 percent of the beta
testers said they thought that the threading implementation methods supported
by Parallel Studio were sufficient for their needs, 71 percent said they saw a
speedup with the Parallel Studio compiler compared with the compiler they were
using previously, and 90 percent said they felt the product was production-quality.
Before becoming generally available on May 26, Intel Parallel Studio had been available as a beta
"Parallel Studio extends Visual Studio with support for
parallelism," Reinders said. "And Parallel Advisor Lite helps you
decide the best places for adding parallelism. ... No one else in the industry
is addressing this with tools. So I expect to see quite a few groups and
companies getting comfortable with shipping parallel applications."
Moreover, Reinders said he believes that "for C and C++ developers
we've nailed it" and made access to parallelism broadly available.
"We've seen real validation in the beta program," he added, and said
the lessons learned in enabling parallel application development in its C/C++
tool set "can be carried over to other languages as well, such as Java."
"Intel Parallel Studio makes the new Envivio 4Caster Series
Transcoder's development faster and more efficient," said Eric Rosier,
vice president of engineering at Envivio. "The tools included in Parallel
Studio, such as Intel Parallel Inspector, Intel Parallel Amplifier and Intel
Parallel Composer (which consists of the Intel C++ Compiler, Intel IPP and
Intel TBB) [shorten] our overall software development time by increasing the
code's reliability and its performance in a multicore, multithreaded
environment ... Parallel Studio globally speeds up our software products' time to
Dat Chu, a research assistant in the Computational Biomedicine Lab at the University
of Houston, said: "I have an
image-processing GUI app that I developed for a project and it was running
quite slow. So I decided to give Parallel Amplifier a run. I was delighted when
it pointed me to the source line that was taking much of the time. I made the
change and, voila, our app is now almost 10 times faster. The GUI is very easy
to use in my opinion."