Participate Sun Studio 12 Update 1 Early Aceess Program

The early access program of Sun Studio 12 Update 1 was rolled out on March 17, 2009. People might wonder why they should put any effort in participating a software tool early access program. Actually there are several substantial benefits for the Solaris or Linux developers to participate in this EA program and I will articulate the reasons later. But first I need to explain what new features are included in Sun Studio 12 Update 1 EA.

Sun Studio 12 update 1 includes many significant features:

    \* C/C++/Fortrant compiler optimization for the new X86 chips from Intel and AMD.
  • \* C/C++/Fortran compiler optimization for the latest UltraSPARC and SPARC64.
  • \* A new stand-alone GUI debugging tool, dbxtool.
  • \* Full OpenMP 3.0 implementation in compilers with performance and debugging tools support.
  • \* A MPI performance analyzer with an easy-to-use GUI environment.
  • \* New IDE with remote development features based on NetBeans 6.5.

I have discussed two important features, OpenMP 3.0 and MPI performance analysis tool, in my previous blog “An Exciting Software Tool Release For The Parallel Application Developers” on Nov 11, 2008. The other new features such as the compiler performance improvement for Sparc and X86 new chips, stand-alone debugging tool and new IDE are very important to many developers too.

The serious software developers such as ISV vendors or enterprise application developers can get a good performance boost without changing any single line of source code just by switching to the new compiler. The compiler optimization will take advantage of the new chip instructions to produce the more efficient binary code.

Many UNIX traditional style developers like to open several command windows to edit, compiler and debug their programs instead of developing their software within an IDE. The stand-alone debugging tool is re-introduced by the requests from many such traditional style developers. The other big benefit of the stand-alone debugging tool is to let the developers login to a remote host and debug their code graphically with the remote light-weight debugging tool through X-window.



The new IDE provides a more productive development environment derived from NetBeans 6.5. Its remote development feature enables the cross-platform development, the software engineers can now develop the Solaris and Linux applications from their Windows laptops directly.

Here I want to explain why you should participate in this Sun Studio 12 Update 1 EA program. Sun Studio 12 Update 1 is a major Sun Studio release with many new features after nearly two years. The EA program allow you to try these new tool features with near final product quality immediately. You should get the performance and productivity boost right away. More importantly the EA program let you participate and help shape the future direction of Sun Studio tools. If the tools in EA program don't meet your requirements, it is a good opportunity for you to give us feedback and we will improve the tools to meet your specific development need. Even if you are a student or casual developer, you can participate the EA program and discuss any related software development issues with our senior engineers through technical forum.

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