Intel delivers development support for Intel-based Apple Macs

Intel has announced development support and tools for Intel-based Macs. Intel Compilers and Libraries help software developers deliver improved performance for their applications running on the new Apple iMac and MacBook Pro platforms based on Intel processors. These products provide a fast and easy way to get maximum application performance and integrate with the Xcode development environment.

Tools include:

Intel Fortran Compiler for Mac OS
This compiler provides a fast and easy way to get maximum application performance for compute-intensive applications. This compiler supports OpenMP and auto-parallelism to take advantage of performance features available in Intel Multi-Core processors.

Intel C++ Compiler for Mac OS
This highly optimized compiler handles the most demanding applications. Intel augments the compiler with advanced support for threading through OpenMP and auto-parallelism capabilities.

Intel Math Kernel Library for Mac OS
This library is a set of highly optimized, thread-safe, mathematical functions that reduces the need for hand-coding and allows developers to achieve outstanding performance for engineering, scientific, and financial applications.

Intel Integrated Performance Primitives for Mac OS
This library set enables software developers to achieve maximum application performance and reduce development time by providing highly optimized functions for math, graphics, multimedia, audio, video, speech, computer vision, image, cryptography, and signal processing.

A free trial of Intel Software Development Products for Mac OS is available to developers through a special beta program. Intel Compliers and Libraries yield significant performance advantages for Mac OS applications as these products unleash the power of concurrent program execution provided by multi-core Intel processors.

Developers can try the tools now through a free special beta program. More info here.

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  1. This is all way out of my expertise (novice-tise) but I’m hoping that these tools will be exactly what software developers need in order to port (?) or tweak their previously ‘Windows Only” software to ship with a “universal” logo somewhere, meaning MAC or Windows. What a coup that would be.

  2. Fortran is hugely important because there are still a lot of old programs or sub-programs use it. Why pay consultants to re-code every fortran app into the current flavor of the month programming language if you don’t have to?

    Scientific programs aside (and there are a LOT of them in fortran), even our power plants still use fortran. Go into a nuclear power plant and you’ll see old custom mainframes and monitoring appliances made in the 1970s still humming away and running fortran programs. Do you want to change to C++ (etc) and test it out on your nuclear power plant? I’ll be in my bunker with a 10year supply of canned food when you make the switch.

    Its easy to dismiss a language or technology because its old, but for many industries you don’t update what isn’t broken. Anyone remember when NASA had to go to ebay and other auction sites looking for 1970’s-era computer chips for the space shuttle? We’ll be having the same conversation about C++ applications in another 20 years.

  3. Nice to see Intel gett’n ready for the Boogie!

    After the Boogie, we gonna see a whole bunch of good things com’n from the first class section at Apple. Who’d want to ride in the back of the plane with MicroShaft.

    After watching over 20 years of Apple ups and downs it is so great to see Intel and Apple joining forces to create some kick ass products.

    Thank you Jesus

  4. Fortran? People are still using Fortran?

    As real programmers have long known, you can write FORTRAN in any language. Lots of science and engineering apps are still in FORTRAN.

    And personally, I prefer a modern FORTRAN to C. C is nothing but glorified assembly language. C is responible for 99+% of all buffer overflows and related security problems. (for you geeks, it all stems from from the I/O chapter in “The C Programming Language”, by Kernighan & Ritchie [K&R], the book that originally defined the C language.)

    MW = military – I also really like the military’s programming language Ada.

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