News : Intel oneAPI

21st December 2020

The newly released Intel Fortran Compiler Classic 2021.1, which forms part of the Intel oneAPI Toolkit, has been successfully tested with the current Winteracter release (v14) on all of Windows, Linux and Mac. The "Classic" compiler is a rebranded version of the ifort compiler, previously known as "Intel Visual Fortran" (Windows) or "Intel Fortran" (Linux/Mac). The compiler functions as previously, so far as Winteracter is concerned.

The following minor changes were made in the 14.0b update to improve oneAPI compatibility:

  • Automatic compiler location detection in the Windows version of WiDE has been tweaked to find renamed Intel compiler runtime library directories, ensuring successful linking without the need for additional external configuration.
  • Invocation of the Intel-modified GNU debugger in WiDE has been amended to cope with a change of name on Linux and its absence from the Mac oneAPI.
  • The Windows Intel Fortran compiler configuration dialog in WiDE has been slightly reworked to show the full compiler name/version strings, rather than just their internal version number. This copes with Intel's inconsistent numbering of the "Classic" compiler, which is numbered "19.2" internally, but referred to as "2021.1" externally.
  • Documentation has been reworked to generalise references to Intel Fortran, particularly on Windows, to reflect compatibility with ifort across its different brandings.

9th March 2022

As of 14.10e, Intel Fortran Compiler Classic 2021.5, as supplied with Intel oneAPI 2022, has been successfully tested. No changes were required to Winteracter for this compiler release.

19th April 2022

Winteracter version 15.0 adds support for the Intel ifx LLVM-based Fortran compiler, which also forms part of the Intel oneAPI HPC Toolkit. Somewhat confusingly, ifx is now the "Intel Fortran Compiler" (i.e. the name previously used for the "ifort" compiler). The ifx compiler can be used to create 64-bit applications on Windows and Linux.

27th June 2022

Users who are not yet familiar with Intel oneAPI should note that the Intel Fortran Compiler Classic forms part of the Intel oneAPI HPC Toolkit. On Windows, Visual Studio (2017, 2019 or 2022) must also be installed. These components are available free of charge. Most of the components of the oneAPI Toolkit are not required for Winteracter development. While Intel's documentation and installer suggest that the HPC toolkit also requires installation of the oneAPI Base Toolkit, the Fortran compiler can in fact be installed in isolation. Select the "Customize" option when installing the oneAPI HPC Toolkit, to select the required sub-components. Only the "Intel Fortran Compiler & Intel Fortran Compiler Clasic" option need be installed, to build Winteracter based applications. This avoids wasting double-digit gigabytes of disk space.

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