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PGI announces GA of tools for GPU developers

The Portland Group announced earlier today that the latest rev of their development tools for Linux, Mac, and Windows will be available starting Tuesday (first full day of exhibition at SC09)

PGI logoPGI 2010 is the first general release to include full support for the PGI Accelerator Programming model v1.0 standard on x64 processor-based systems incorporating NVIDIA CUDA-enabled Graphical Processing Units (GPUs).  In addition to supporting high-level programming of accelerators using the PGI Accelerator programming model, the PGI Release 2010 also includes PGI CUDA Fortran, an explicit GPU programming model and application programming interface (API) that gives expert programmers direct control of all aspects of programming NVIDIA GPUs.

There is a lot of specific news in the release, which is worth reading. One of the big focus areas is the Accelerator programming model, which the company is enthusiastic about

The PGI Accelerator programming model is a collection of compiler directives used to specify regions of code in Fortran and C programs that can be offloaded from a host CPU to an attached accelerator to enhance performance. Applications optimized using the PGI Accelerator directives remain 100% portable to other compilers and platforms, and execute on systems with or without a GPU accelerator.

…“Within five years, most HPC systems will include both x86 CPUs and accelerators in some form,” said Douglas Miles, director, The Portland Group. “The PGI 2010 compilers will play a role in establishing accelerated computing as the mainstream HPC architecture.”

I wrote in depth about the PGI Accelerator model back in July here at the site.

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