In the run up to its San Francisco annual IDF developer forum Intel has announced two new development suites: Parallel Studio XE 2013 and Cluster Studio XE 2013. Both suites include optimized compilers, libraries, and analysis tools designed to "efficiently extract" improved application performance.
Targeted at suitability for applications residing across servers, clusters, workstations, desktops, and laptops (or "Ultrabooks", if we want to keep the Intel branding police happy), the suites feature tools build "superior" shared memory applications, and Cluster Studio XE adds support for distributed and hybrid applications.
Intel Advisor XE is a threading assistant for C, C++, C#, and Fortran developers. It finds regions with the greatest performance potential from parallelism and identifies critical synchronization issues.
As well as improved compiler and library performance, these new releases from the chip giant feature support for 3rd Generation Intel Core processors, the upcoming "Haswell" microarchitecture, and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors.
Also in the box here are a dozen new profiling features providing additional insight for tuning, low overhead Java profiling support to help enable improved mixed mode profiling, and a pointer checker to detect and pinpoint buffer overflows that can result in crashes and security vulnerabilities.
Other features include memory growth analysis that finds unallocated memory space not available using traditional memory analysis, an MPI library with improved fault tolerance to improve cluster reliability, and conditional numerical reproducibility for run-to-run consistency.