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The Portland Group (PGI), Portland, Ore., a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics and the leading independent supplier of compilers and tools for high-performance computing, has announced the general availability of PGI Visual Fortran (PVF) for Visual Studio 2010. PVF integrates PGI high-performance parallel Fortran compilers and tools with Microsoft Visual Studio to offer a high-productivity development solution to scientists and engineers upgrading to the latest 64-bit multi-core platforms running Microsoft Windows.

PGI compilers and tools are used widely by performance-oriented programmers on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows systems based on multi-core CPUs from Intel and AMD and incorporating GPU accelerators from NVIDIA. The new 10.6 version of the PGI 2010 release adds support for building Windows Fortran applications using the latest version of the popular Microsoft Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE)--Visual Studio 2010. Visual Studio is the most widely used IDE in the world. PVF tools and technologies, including an MPI/OpenMP parallel debugger, enable Visual Studio developers to efficiently develop High Performance Computing (HPC) applications for multi-core workstations and Windows HPC Server 2008 clusters. In addition, PGI Visual Fortran is available with support for programming NIVDIA GPU accelerators using directive-based PGI Accelerator Fortran or CUDA Fortran language extensions.

"With this latest release of PVF, PGI Fortran compilers and tools for multi-core processors and GPUs are available through Visual Studio 2010 to the large base of scientists and engineers developing for Windows," said Douglas Miles, director, The Portland Group. "PVF's world-class performance and state-of-the art compiler technologies allow developers to leverage the wide array of new microprocessor and accelerator innovations coming out of Intel, AMD and NVIDIA together with the productivity advantages of Microsoft HPC technologies."

PGI Visual Fortran is based on PGI's native OpenMP and auto-parallelizing compiler for the Fortran 95/2003 programming languages.

Key features include: -- Native Fortran 95/2003 Visual Studio project system; -- Fortran text editor extensions, intrinsic function tips and keyword completion; -- Integrated PGI-custom Fortran-capable debugger for debugging of single-thread, multi-thread and OpenMP parallel applications and MSMPI parallel applications running locally and on clusters; -- Microsoft Visual C++ interoperability and full support for Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2005; and -- Optional support for the Visual Numerics IMSL Fortran Numerical Library and the Intel MKL Math Kernel Library.

In addition to comprehensive support for multi-core CPUs, PGI Visual Fortran also supports GPU accelerators. The PGI Accelerator programming model is a high-level implicit model similar to OpenMP for multi-core x64 systems. Using compiler directives, programmers can offload compute-intensive code regions from a host CPU to a GPU accelerator. Programs containing PGI Accelerator directives remain 100% standard-compliant and portable. PVF also supports CUDA Fortran language extensions. Defined in cooperation with NVIDIA, CUDA Fortran is an analog to the NVIDIA CUDA C compiler and gives expert programmers direct control of all aspects of GPGPU programming.

PVF includes PGI Unified Binary(TM) technology--the ability to generate a single executable file containing code sequences optimized for multiple processors from AMD, Intel and NVIDIA. PGI Unified Binary technology enables Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and custom applications developers to take advantage of the latest processor innovations while treating x64 and x64+GPU as a single platform, maximizing flexibility and eliminating the need to target and optimize for separate processors.

Price and Availability

PVF is distributed by electronic download and is available today. A single user academic license with GPU support is $249 USD. Commercial licenses start at $599 and $899 with GPU support. PVF is also available in multi-user network floating license configurations. All PGI products include a 30 day money-back guarantee. A 15 day free trial of PVF along with complete product and pricing information is available from The Portland Group web site at

About The Portland Group

The Portland Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics, is the premier supplier of high-performance parallel Fortran, C, and C++ compilers and tools for workstations, servers, and clusters based on x64 processors from Intel and AMD, and GPUs accelerators from NVIDIA. Further information on The Portland Group products can be found at, by calling Sales at (503) 682-2806, or by email to <>.

About STMicroelectronics

STMicroelectronics is a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions. ST aims to be the undisputed leader in multimedia convergence and power applications leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength. In 2009, the company's net revenues were $8.51 billion.

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