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Check it Out: Intel’s Parallel Studio

By Anthony J. Lockwood

Dear Desktop Engineering Reader:

Intel's Parallel Studio

So, I was sitting here trying to come up with a catchy lede about the newest version of Intel’s Parallel Studio, the subject of today’s Check It Out. Then, it hit me: “creative genius.” But more on that in a moment.

Now, Intel Parallel Studio 2011 is, on the one hand, not for anybody. It’s for applications developers. But that means it actually is for anybody because the applications developers develop are applications for anybody who needs the applications they develop. But what if you’re not an applications developer? Chances are you know one and you want their stuff to work well. So, you have to forward this to them. And all you applications developers, listen up: This is a great one for you to check out.

The skinny description of Intel Parallel Studio 2011 is that it is a suite of applications that give Microsoft Visual Studio C/C++ developers the tools you need to design, build, debug, verify, and tune your serial and parallel applications. It is engineered to help enhance your productivity by enabling you to develop reliable applications that leverage legacy serial code, take advantage of multicore, and scale up for however-many-core.

Productivity enhancement might be the key to understanding what Intel Parallel Studio 2011 could mean for you. It’s really all about applications development efficiency and productivity. For example, it’s designed to be easy to learn, even from your first exposure. It comes with this thing called the Parallel Advisor 2011 that gives you guidance during the design stage to speed the parallel prototyping phase. It also comes with Intel’s Parallel Building Blocks, a functionality that lets you choose among multiple ways to best implement parallelism for your unique needs.

Intel Parallel Studio 2011 has been upgraded across the suite and with support for Windows 7 and Visual Studio 2010. You can read about all about that from the link over there. But, actually, what you should do is hit the “Try” link once you land on the Intel Parallel Studio web page and give it a go for 30 days. Also, hit the “How To” tab while you’re there to access a bunch of videos.

Anyway, you know how earlier I said that productivity might be the key to Intel Parallel Studio? I think that maybe reliable is the key. Intel Parallel Studio 2011 might be just what you need to develop applications that reliably work as you want to work, and that idea brings me back to the lede.

Einstein once said that “the secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” Intel Parallel Studio 2011 is not for everybody. It’s for applications developers. It could be your secret source that makes everyone who doesn’t get applications development tools think you’re a creative genius because the stuff you develop works so reliably.

Thanks, Pal. — Lockwood

Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering

Check out Intel’s Parallel Studio.

About Anthony J. Lockwood

Anthony J. Lockwood is Desktop Engineering's Editor-at-Large. Contact him via de-editors@deskeng.com.
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