Sun pushes multicore tools to Linux developers

Sun has unveiled compiler and tool technologies that work on multicore chip architectures and extend to application development on Linux.

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Sun has unveiled compiler and tool technologies that work on multicore chip architectures and extend to application development on Linux.

Sun Studio 12 enables development in the C, C++, and Fortran languages for Solaris. Now, developers can build enterprise transactional and Web applications and migrate existing programs to support multi-threaded capabilities.

Jeet Kaul, vice president developer products and programs at Sun, said: "The big message with this release is about multi-threaded development ... What we have done with Studio 12 is we have made the building of these multith-readed applications easier.” With the emergence of multicore chips from Sun and Intel, developers are under pressure to build multithreaded software that uses multicore chips, he believed.

With multi-core processors, programmers need to be able to write software that features parallelism. Although Sun already offers this, Studio 12 provides more tools for it, such as its thread and performance analysers. "Both of these tools have the ability to understand multiple threads," Kaul explained.

In addition, Studio 12 is the first time Sun is supporting C, C++, and Fortran development for Linux. Developers also can build applications on Linux and compile them, then take the application with the same source code and run it on Solaris.

Sun is enabling Studio 12 to be used across Solaris and Linux and on different architectures such as Intel and SPARC. Joe Niski, analyst at Burton Group, said this is valuable to the scientific community, which comprises a good portion of the user base: "I think they made a lot of really smart moves in terms of getting broader reach, not just for the IDE but for the compilers."

Sun Studio 12, which is offered free of charge, is based on the NetBeans 5.5 platform. It is accessible on Sun's web site. Sun also offers support services for Studio 12.

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