Scottish firm gets going on Merced

Scottish firm gets going on Merced
Richard Ball Scottish software development firm Edinburgh Portable Compilers (EPC) has started to roll out compilers for Merced, Intel’s forthcoming 64-bit microprocessor. “We’ve been working closely with Intel for some time in terms of integrating our compiler technology and other tools with their code generator technology and Merced,” said Geoff Millard, chief executive of EPC. The company is already providing Fortran and C/C++ tools to software companies which are used with instruction set simulators of Merced. Feedback will be used to improve the compilers. “What the compiler does is critical. The chip has a number of features for parallel instruction execution,” Millard said. The compiler must effectively order and group instructions to make the best use of the chip’s execution units. “The importance of the compiler has been growing, especially with Risc, and Merced takes this a step further,” pointed out Millard . The code generator is seen as critical for Merced. “They [Intel] have a team working on the code generator,” he said. EPC’s compiler carries out syntactical analysis of the program and generates an intermediate code. The code generator does the final instruction optimisation and re-orders code to take full advantage of the architecture.


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