Intel Offers Developers Hyperthreading Tool

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2003-04-08
Intel Corp. is trying to make it easier for software developers to create applications that can run with the chip makers performance-enhancing hyperthreading technology.

Hyperthreading, currently found in Intels Pentium 4 and Xeon chips, enables a single chip to work like two virtual processors, improving PC and workstation performance by as much as 30 percent, according to company officials.

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara, Calif., company unveiled Thread Checker 1.0, a tool that enables developers to more quickly find errors and bugs in hyperthreading-enabled applications. It points out the problem, classifies it using a range from errors to warnings, and then makes it easy for developers to analyze the situation by showing variable, source line and call stack information.

Available now directly from Intel—and later in the second quarter from resellers—Thread Checker 1.0 starts at $1,198 for a single user license. The price also includes Intels VTune Performance Analyzer software.

Thread Checker 1.0 can be used with systems powered by Pentium 4 or Xeon chips and running Microsoft Corp.s Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 operating systems.

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