Latest Release of Intel Parallel Studio XE Delivers New Features to Boost HPC and AI Performance

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Intel just released its latest edition of Intel Parallel Studio XE for 2020, and it’s got some really important new features for HPC and AI developers. The emphasis clearly is to boost application performance across the board by utilizing new features in the latest Intel processors.

Intel Parallel Studio XE is a complete software development suite that includes highly optimized compilers and math and data analytics libraries, along with comprehensive tools for performance analysis, application debugging, and parallel processing. It’s available as a download for Windows, Linux, and MacOS.

With this release, the focus is on making it easier for HPC and AI developers to deliver fast and reliable parallel code for the most demanding applications. As always, the compilers, tools, and runtime libraries are integrated in Intel Parallel Studio XE to support the latest vectorization, multi-threading, multi-node, and memory optimization technologies.

Some of the new features announced in this release include:

New Hardware Support:

  • Full compiler/tools support for the very latest Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Core™ processors using Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) instructions. The compilers automatically optimize code using these new instructions, and the performance library routines have all been optimized to use them as well.
  • Integrated support for Intel® Deep Learning Boost Vector Neural Network Instructions (VNNI) in 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors in Intel® Compilers and Intel® Performance Libraries. These new VNNI instructions extend the AVX-512 instruction set with single instructions to perform convolutions that would require multiple instructions on previous processors, thereby accelerating Artificial Intelligence Inferencing applications.
  • Tools support for applications that utilize large memory: up to 512GB DIMMs with persistence. And you can now optimize, profile, and tune Intel® platforms for Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory using Intel® VTune™ Profiler.

Latest Language Standards:

  • Compiler and tools support for the latest standards:
    • Full C++ 2017 with initial C++20
    • Full Fortran 2008 and expanded Fortran 2018
    • Python 3.7
    • Full OpenMP 4.5 and initial OpenMP 5.0 draft
    • Microsoft Visual Studio* 2019 integration
  • Access to the latest Intel® Performance Libraries and Intel® Distribution for Python* through conda*, PIP*, Docker Hub*, APT GET, YUM, and NuGet.

New Profiling and Tuning Features:

  • Use the new extended coarse-grain profiling in Intel VTune Profiler with platform-level collection and analysis to understand and optimize the performance issues caused by the configuration of the platform your applications are running on.
  • New in 2020 is the ability to perform cache simulation insights for vectorization with roofline analysis for L1, L2, L3, and DRAM in Intel® Advisor.

Cloud Support:

  • Added support for the HPC cloud helps you take advantage of the AWS* Parallel Cluster* and AWS Elastic Fabric Adapter for low-latency, high-bandwidth communications for MPI applications with the Intel® MPI Library.
  • Added support for Amazon Linux 2*

As Intel continues to integrate more cores, more and wider SIMD registers, and competitive features and functions into their latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Intel Parallel Studio XE 2020 gives developers the ability to deliver fast, scalable, reliable parallel code with less effort.

In many cases, merely recompiling with the latest compilers and relinking with the latest runtime libraries will show a performance boost on the latest Intel processors as your application utilizes the new hardware features of these processors.

Get Started Today on Boosting HPC and AI Performance of your Applications and Get the Latest Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2020.

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