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Post subject: Ekopath 4 compiler opensourced  PostPosted: 16.06.2011, 12:26



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http://www.pathscale.com/ekopath4-open-source-announcement
From what I read so far : Ekopath is one the "highest performance Intel 64 and AMD C, C++ and Fortran compilers". On computational intensive programs it outperforms GCC compiled programs by a significant margin in almost all benchmarks.
"Compatible with GNU/gcc toolchain & popular third party debuggers."
The compiler and runtime libraries have been released under GPLv3. The debugger is CDDL.

Philosophy : "If your application isn't the fastest when compiling with the EKOPath compiler it's a bug and we want to know about it."

Two github accounts to watch :
https://github.com/path64/repositories (Compiler & debugger)
https://github.com/pathscale/repositories (Runtimes)

Thought it might be of interest to the developpers around here to evaluate the gains for software in the amd64 architecture..
 
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Post subject: RE: Ekopath 4 compiler opensourced  PostPosted: 16.06.2011, 13:49



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You should try compiling some programs just to see if they build with this compiler

Heck, see if the kernel will even build with this Very Happy
 
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Post subject: RE: Ekopath 4 compiler opensourced  PostPosted: 16.06.2011, 14:16



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I'm not a developer and as this is quite new I'm not confident about handling the issues that may arise, how to use it properly, how it handles software that is a mix of those languages and others (GCC or the others maybe).

I am though quite interested in what kind of speed gains we could enjoy for programs such as libreoffice, firefox, kde or the OS.

Every performance gain is welcome and this should be high priority from my POV, as it makes linux systems run more smoothly, reduces power usage, makes netbook and older pc's able to run things that would otherwise be too sluggish, etc...

On the Gentoo forums I saw they are getting excited about this and Ekopath has already been committed to the repos.
 
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Post subject: RE: Ekopath 4 compiler opensourced  PostPosted: 16.06.2011, 15:47



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Perhaps we can see how the Gentoo people make out with this Smile

At some point this can even make its way into the Debian archive too
 
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Post subject: RE: Ekopath 4 compiler opensourced  PostPosted: 22.06.2011, 06:00



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I found a lot of information about this on Phoronix (http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=16135) - "Comments & discussion" link at the bottom of the article is especially interesting because someone from PathScale is commenting there as well.

Anyway, I don't know what exact software is computationally-intense but I know that those I use the most like Firefox and KDE SC are not among them. So while I'm very happy regarding this annoucement (and while it's a great accomplishment for sure) I won't hold my breath until it somehow speeds up my system.

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Post subject: RE: Ekopath 4 compiler opensourced  PostPosted: 22.06.2011, 14:08



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I believe right now according to the comments QT was able to be successfully built with the compiler so far.

Also, aren't most programs in Linux written in a way specifically for GCC to compile them? If so, then such programs might need patching to allow other compilers to build them
 
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