Tuesday Nov 18, 2008

Sun Studio Express 11/08

The Sun Studio Express 11/08 is out by now and can be downloaded for free.

Among many interesting and important features it provides, here are a few I would like to list

  • It now supports (besides Solaris) RHEL 5, SuSE 10, Ubuntu 8.04 and CentOS 5.1.
  • It has full OpenMP 3.0 compiler support.
  • Performance of OpenMP tasking has been improved.
  • It was used to deliver a new World Record SPECompM2001 score for all 16-thread x86 systems [Sun Blade X6440 (4 x AMD Opteron "Shanghai" 8384 chips, 16 cores, 4 cores/chip, 16 threads) SPECompM2001 - 35,896].

Wednesday Jul 30, 2008

New LEGO in Store: Sun Studio Express 07/08 with OpenMP 3.0 Support

Today, we are making available, as a free download, Sun Studio Express 07/08 Release. One of the most exciting things about this release is the beta-level support for OpenMP 3.0 in our C/C++/Fortran Compilers.

I feel really excited about this. One of the major 3.0 features supported is tasking, which was finalized in the language specification after a looooong labor. It expends a whole new dimension of what OpenMP can do. It is like a new piece of LEGO. We are looking forward to seeing innovative (or not :)) ways of using this new feature.

This is a functional beta release. We are still working on fixing a few bugs and improving performance. One of the best ways to give us feedback is using our online forum.

Here are two short articles that may help users jump-start using the tasking feature.

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