The Portland Group(TM), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of STMicroelectronics, today unveiled a new plan designed
specifically for independent software vendors (ISV's) active in
high-performance computing (HPC). The PGI ISV Program delivers support
for ISV's migrating applications to the new 64-bit computing platforms
based on processors from AMD and Intel and running 64-bit Linux and
Microsoft Windows operating systems. Viewed as a cost-effective
opportunity to accelerate their 64-bit product offerings, several HPC
vendors have joined the initiative including ANSYS, CD-Adapco, Gaussian,
LSTC, and MSC.
"Once used predominantly by scientists and engineers, PGI compilers and
tools are now being embraced by a wider market as the migration to
64-bit computing intensifies," said Douglas Miles, director, The
Portland Group. "ISV's are choosing PGI compilers and tools for many of
the same reasons scientists and engineers have: world-class performance,
a complete and comprehensive suite of development tools and the only
products that support both major computing platforms and both major
64-bit operating systems. Our ISV Program specifically addresses the
needs and meets the challenges of these vendors as they migrate to
PGI compilers and tools are used to create and run high-performance
computing applications for complex modeling and simulations in weather
forecasting, geophysical processing, aerodynamic simulation, structural
analysis, automotive crash testing, computational chemistry, and related
fields. These compilers and tools provide a uniformly optimized set of
industry-tested development tools for the processors powering
computing-intensive hardware platforms and are referenced regularly as
the industry standard for performance and reliability.
"We chose PGI compilers and tools to port and optimize ANSYS(R), a
desktop engineering simulation tool, to x64 architecture processors,"
said Mike Wheeler, vice president and general manager at ANSYS, Inc.
"The leadership and support shown by the PGI team during our migration
to 64-bit Linux platforms, along with the steady and ongoing performance
enhancements delivered since that time, have contributed significantly
to the success of our products. We look forward to sustaining this
relationship as a member of the PGI ISV Program."
"CD-adapco, the leading provider of CAE flow simulation software and
solutions, supports its STAR-CD suite on a wide range of platforms with
a variety of compilers," said Dr. Mark Liu, manager in charge of product
porting and optimization, CD-adapco. "CD-adapco has been working with
The Portland Group in porting STAR-CD using the PGI compiler to 64bit
Linux for Opteron and EM64T systems. The PGI compiler is robust and
delivers good performance. STAR-CD's port with the PGI compiler has been
available since mid-2004 and will continue to be available for upcoming
releases. We appreciate the excellent work done by The Portland Group as
a supplier of fully 64-bit capable compilers on Linux, and look forward
to continuing to work with The Portland Group as a partner in the PGI
"ESI Group recently started working with The Portland Group to build
versions of PAM-CRASH and PAM-STAMP for 64-bit Linux systems based on
AMD processors. The responsive and extremely knowledgeable PGI
applications engineering staff has helped us make significant progress
on these platforms in a short period of time," said Raymond NI, CSM
Solver director ESI Group. "Good compilers are critical to the success
of ESI Group, and it has become clear that The Portland Group is a Linux
compiler vendor we can rely on for the long term."
"We can count on the stability and reliability of the PGI compilers,"
said Michael Frisch, president, Gaussian, Inc. "Having a compiler with
the same features and back-end across many computer platforms saves a
great deal of developer time in producing correct and optimized code for
each one. We have used PGI compilers and tools internally since 1998 to
develop several major releases of GAUSSIAN on Linux and Windows
platforms, and we look forward to a closer relationship with The
Portland Group as a member of the PGI ISV Program."
"LSTC has been a user of PGI compilers and tools on x86 and x64
processor-based systems for several years. Due in part to our work with
The Portland Group, the overall LS-DYNA performance on these systems has
increased dramatically," said Dr. Jason Wang, senior software developer,
Livermore Software Technology Corporation. "The opportunity to work
directly with PGI applications and compiler teams in the future is the
primary reason we've chosen to become a member of the PGI ISV Program."
"MSC builds the production version of MSC.MARC on both 32-bit and 64-bit
Linux x86 platforms with PGI compilers. We've found the PGI compilers to
be extremely easy to use, reliable, and performance-oriented," said
Kevin Kilroy, director, Solvers Infrastructure, MSC.Software
Corporation. "As a member of the PGI ISV Program, we look forward to
further optimizing the performance of MSC.MARC on current and future
generation x86-compatible processors."
The PGI Workstation suite includes the PGF77(R), PGF95(TM), PGCC(R), and
PGC++(TM) compilers for the FORTRAN 77, Fortran 95, C, and C++
programming languages, respectively. All PGI compilers and tools feature
support for OpenMP parallel programming extensions in Fortran, C, and
C++; full support for 64-bit addressing; native integrated scalar and
vector SSE/SSE2 code generation; and a bundled version of the ACML 2.5
library of highly optimized numeric functions for mathematical,
engineering, scientific, and financial applications. PGI Workstation is
highly optimized for both 32-bit and 64-bit AMD64 and EM64T processors.
About the PGI ISV Program
The PGI ISV Program provides member companies with comprehensive support
for the development, tuning and validation of commercial applications on
AMD and Intel processor-based systems using PGI compilers and tools.
Benefits include a dedicated technical contact at The Portland Group,
cooperative pre-testing of application source code with upcoming
releases of the PGI compilers, access to pre-release versions of the PGI
compilers and tools, and support for application tuning across all
platforms supported by the PGI compilers and tools.
About The Portland Group
The Portland Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics, is
the premier supplier of high-performance Fortran, C, and C++ compilers
and tools for high-end computing systems and X86 processor-based
workstations, servers, and clusters. Further information on The
Portland Group products can be found at www.pgroup.com , by calling
Sales at (503) 682-2806, or by email to email@example.com , http://www.pgroup.com .
STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering
semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics
applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system
expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio
and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of
System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in
enabling today's convergence markets. The Company's shares are traded
on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock
Exchange. In 2004, the Company's net revenues were $8.76 billion and
net earnings were $601 million. Further information on ST can be found
at http://www.st.com .