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    Default Intel Looks To Make Large Contribution To GCC

    Phoronix: Intel Looks To Make Large Contribution To GCC

    Intel contributes quite a bit to the development of X.Org and the Linux kernel, through a number of Intel employees working on Linux full-time, making hardware contributions, etc. Up until recently, Intel even had its own Linux distribution (Moblin) for their Atom hardware...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzE5Nw

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    "Melanie Blower"... That gotta be the sexiest name ever

    Back on-topic, I suspect they're trying to improve interoperability between ICC and GCC.

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    Another possibility is trying to get some larabee stuff put in.

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    meh, we can speculate about it until our socks fall off, but we'll hear what it is soon, and it'll probably be something boring. ORRR it's improved vectorization support, which would be awesome.

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    Didn't OpenMP already come from Intel?

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    They have provided a branch of GCC 4.4 with atom CPU optimizations a few months ago, I've been using it for awhile now.

    http://gcc.gnu.org/viewcvs/branches/ix86/atom/
    http://gcc.gnu.org/viewcvs/branches/....atom?view=log

    Also there is an AVX branch

    http://gcc.gnu.org/viewcvs/branches/ix86/avx/
    http://gcc.gnu.org/viewcvs/branches/...g.avx?view=log

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    I'm just thinking that this might mean that finally linux is ready, and everyone is on the bandwagon. We might finally see even more speed optimizations in GCC compiled apps.

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    working on a C compiler for Intel network processors.
    That sounds like non-x86. That would certainly explain the desire to get code into binutils, gdb, and glibc, as well as gcc. Probably some inline ASM in glibc, and the other projects all deal with assembly and/or binary machine code, so obviously need arch-specific support.

    If this hypothesis is correct, having support in the GNU toolchain is a good way to make a platform more attractive, so good job, Intel, for stepping up and paying people to write this stuff yourself. Similar to how they pay people to write Linux drivers for their hardware (e.g. wifi, ACPI, g965, etc.)
    Last edited by llama; 04-14-2009 at 12:23 AM.

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    With multicore CPU/GPU on a single chip arriving in a year or so, optimising games and other software for the "CPU" so they properly utilize the GPU parts seems highly relevant. Further, as these processors aren't out yet, there is no way the FOSS community can add the basics for this, and hopefully Intel wants to see good support for their new processors at the time of release.

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