Absoft Corp. announced at this week’s Supercomputing 2004 Conference the release of new tools for its
IBM XL Fortran Advanced Edition and
IBM XL C/C++ Advanced Edition compilers running on Mac OS X. The new tools include the
Absoft Integrated Development Environment (IDE), the
Fx2 debugging solution,
VAST/Altivec for automatic vectorization of code on Power Mac G4 and G5 computers and
IMSL Fortran Numerical Library 5.0.
Absoft IDE combines several development tools — including Fx2 and several third party plug-in tools, such as VAST and IMSL Libraries, with support for multiple compilers — into a stand-alone suite. Fx2 provides full support for Fortran and C/C++ and is compatible with multiple debuggers. VAST/Altivec automatically restructures code to take advantage of the Altivec processing technology found in the G4 and G5 processors. IMSL Fortran Numerical Library is a mathematical and statistical code library — version 5.0 combines all of the algorithms from the IMSL family of the Fortran library, IMSL F90 components, IMSL Fortran77 Library and the IMSL parallel processing features into one package.
Prices for Absoft’s IBM XL Advanced Edition compilers for Fortran and C/C++ start at US$999 for commercial customers, with government and academic licenses starting at $599 and $399, respectively. The IDE suite is included at no extra charge with purchases of either compiler. Fx2 Debugger is $300, VAST/Altivec pricing varies depending on your needs and IMSL Fortran Numerical Library is $800, or $450 for academic use. Contact the company for special pricing for floating licenses, upgrades and volume purchases. Mac OS X v10.2 and a G4 or G5 processor are required.