The Portland Group today unveiled a version of its industry-leading high-performance compilers and tools designed to take maximum advantage of the power of next-generation dual-core-processor systems. During demonstrations held at the Supercomputing 2004 exhibition in Pittsburgh, PA, The Portland Group previewed parallel versions of software that had been generated by its Fortran compiler for Windows x64 running on an HP ProLiant DL585 server powered by four dual-core AMD Opteron processors. The parallelizing compilers from The Portland Group enable automatic use of both cores in a dual-core processor without the need to rewrite application source code. The Portland Group plans to introduce parallelizing compilers and tools that fully support AMD’s planned dual-core processors on Window and Linux in mid-2005.

The Portland Group, a wholly- owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics, today
unveiled a version of its industry-leading high-performance compilers and tools
designed to take maximum advantage of the power of next-generation
dual-core-processor systems. During demonstrations held at the Supercomputing
2004 exhibition in Pittsburgh, PA, The Portland Group previewed parallel
versions of software that had been generated by its Fortran compiler for Windows
x64 running on an HP ProLiant DL585 server powered by four dual-core AMD
Opteron(TM) processors. The compiler parallelized the software both
automatically and by using industry-standard OpenMP parallel programming
directives supported by The Portland Group’s parallel Fortran, C, and C++
compilers for AMD Opteron processor-based systems.

When available in mid-2005, systems running AMD Opteron dual-core processors are
expected to offer the best performance per watt in the market. Compilers and
software development tools are key components in achieving this performance
since they are the primary interface between a software developer and a
computing system. The parallelizing compilers from The Portland Group enable
automatic use of both cores in a dual-core processor without the need to rewrite
application source code. The advanced technology of multi-core processors like
those planned by AMD coupled together with auto-parallelizing compilers from The
Portland Group will represent a significant breakthrough toward increased
processor performance without increased power consumption. .

"AMD has worked closely with The Portland Group for more than two years to help
ensure its leading-edge compiler and tools solutions are optimized for the AMD
Opteron processor with Direct Connect Architecture," said Ben Williams, vice
president, Enterprise and Server/Workstation Business, AMD’s Microprocessor
Business Unit, CPG. "With an unwavering focus on customer-centric innovation,
AMD was the first to demonstrate an x86 dual-core processor design for 64-bit
computing. AMD and its partners are committed to technologies and products that
deliver pervasive 64-bit computing, including multi-core 64-bit computing."

"Dual-core technology provides the potential for significant efficiency gains
over today’s single-core processors," said Douglas Miles, director, The Portland
Group. "Parallelizing compilers can help realize these efficiency gains
automatically by splitting the work involved in a given application across
multiple cores. The Portland Group and AMD have demonstrated today the
extraordinary benefits this can bring to customers, displaying not only key
benchmarks and applications that are accelerated without source code changes,
but also a complete suite of parallel development tools that enable developers
to rapidly port, debug and tune the performance of applications on planned
dual-core AMD Opteron processor-based systems."

"Dual-core processors will deliver a new level of performance and scalability,
especially for compute-intense and application consolidation environments, and
we are working closely with AMD to deliver optimum operating and price:
performance with Opteron dual-core processors on ProLiant servers," said Paul
Miller, Vice President of Marketing, Industry Standard Servers, HP. "We are
pleased to see The Portland Group and AMD working closely to ensure that the
tools and applications will be in place to accelerate the adoption of dual-core
ProLiant servers."

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The Portland Group plans to introduce parallelizing compilers and tools that
fully support AMD’s planned dual-core processors on Window and Linux in
mid-2005.