Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 20:32 UTC
General Development Here's something you probably don't know, but really should - especially if you're a programmer, and especially especially if you're using Intel's compiler. It's a fact that's not widely known, but Intel's compiler deliberately and knowingly cripples performance for non-Intel (AMD/VIA) processors.
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cjcoats
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2006-04-16

It's not Intel's fault that AMD doesn't offer an alternative product...


Actually, they do, in cooperation with Sun: see

http://developers.sun.com/sunstudio/index.jsp

Sun Studio Express compilers for Linux are available
free of charge for commercial and noncommercial use, and are probably the best AMD-targeting compilers out there since the demise of PathScale. They do a very good job for Intel processors too, for that matter (typically within
1% of Intel, according to benchmarks I've run).

It's sad that they haven't advertised this better...

Edited 2010-01-04 15:36 UTC

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