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Intel Readies Development Tools For Multicore Programming

The tools are geared toward development on Intel's current dual- and quad-core offerings, and for the upcoming multicore graphics processor, code-named Larrabee.

Intel on Wednesday introduced a suite of development tools for building software on multicore processors.

Parallel Studio, unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, will plug in to Microsoft's Visual Studio integrated development environment. Applications built with Parallel will run "seamlessly in the Windows environment," Renee James, VP and general manager of Intel's Software and Solutions Group, said during her keynote.

Often called parallel programming, building applications for multicore processors is difficult and complex, primarily because of the scarcity of tools. Intel and rival Advanced Micro Devices currently ship dual- and quad-core products, and plan to ship processors with even more cores in the future.

The new Intel suite, which is set for release in beta in November, is comprised of four tools: Parallel Advisor, Composer, Inspector, and Amplifier. The software is for finding, exploiting, debugging, and tuning parallelism, respectively. They are geared toward development on Intel's current dual- and quad-core offerings, and for the upcoming multicore graphics processor, code named Larrabee.

The first Larrabee chips will be add-on graphics accelerators in PCs used mostly by gamers. The graphics processing units, or GPUs, are expected at the end of 2009 or early 2010. Intel is expected to eventually adapt Larrabee to more workloads, such as video processing, medical imaging, scientific research, and other high-performance computing tasks.

Intel plans to ship Parallel Studio next year and has launched a Web site for developers to get more information.

In addition, Intel on Wednesday launched the Visual Adrenaline software developer program to support visual computing software makers. The program's Web site offers resources tailored for developers, publishers, animators and other gaming and digital content professionals. The information provided is focused on the use of Intel technology.

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