Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Jun 2011 14:23 UTC, submitted by Valhalla
General Development "PathScale announced today that the EKOPath 4 Compiler Suite is now available as an open source project and free download for Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. This release includes documentation and the complete development stack, including compiler, debugger, assembler, runtimes and standard libraries. EKOPath is the product of years of ongoing development, representing one of the industries highest performance Intel 64 and AMD C, C++ and Fortran compilers." More here.
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RE: Cool and all but...
by lemur2 on Thu 16th Jun 2011 06:43 UTC in reply to "Cool and all but..."
lemur2
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Does this mean anything for us unwashed masses of end users, or is it purely something for the code monkeys to drool over?


Using the EKOPath 4 Compiler Suite for compiling most C, C++ and Fortran code for Intel 64 and AMD should result in significant performace improvements over binaries compared to the same source code compiled with GCC.

This means that 64-bit binaries (for programs where you have the source code) will get faster. FOSS software has the source code ... even for drivers and the core OS.

Therefore, any given Linux distribution (for example) now has the opportunity to make significantly faster 64-bit binaries, across the board, than they could previously afford.

Drivers, kernel, graphics layers (including the likes of Cairo, GTK and Qt) ... even media players and codec decoders ... should all get a significant performance boost. Then there are the applications themselves, which should likewise enjoy a performance boost.

It seems to me to be something to really look forward to for end-users (of Intel and AMD 64-bit FOSS systems).

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