1. Superior Performance…
Absoft advanced compiler technology
automates building parallel code and produces highly optimized applications
on single and multi-core systems.
Effective with the v10.2 release, all Absoft compilers incorporate the
most advanced optimization technologies including auto-parallelization
and auto-vectorization of code. To simplify operation for the customer,
the installer sniffs the system configuration and code is automatically
parallelized and vectorized for maximum performance on your single or
multi-core system. In addition to superior performance, Absoft compilers
are fully link and debug compatible with primary C/C++ compilers for different
environments including Microsoft C/C++, gnu c and Apple C/C++, so building
mixed language applications is easy and straight forward. Examples of
building mixed Fortran/C code are included in the Absoft User Guide.
Absoft code is faster code! Absoft's superior
performance has been verified by outside companies such as Polyhedron
using their Fortran benchmark suite, which compares the performance of
different Fortran compilers across a suite of 16 different tests.
Absoft and Intel are typically the top performers. Intel produces faster
code on Intel processors and Absoft produces faster code than Intel on
AMD processors. Details available at Polyhedron's site. Times are in seconds
so lower numbers are faster.
Intel x86/Windows: http://www.polyhedron.com/pb05-win32-f90bench_p40html
AMD x86/Windows: http://www.polyhedron.com/benchamdwin
Intel X64/Linux: http://www.polyhedron.com/pb05-linux-f90bench_p40html
AMD x64/Linux: http://www.polyhedron.com/pb05-linux-f90bench_AMD0html
line - Absoft code is among the fastest available from any vendor.
2. Ease of Use…
It is not only the compiler, but the
development environment, debugger and other tools which fully determine
ease-of-use and productivity.
Easier to Use - Absoft Development Environment
is designed for Fortran
Absoft Pro Fortran is easier to use because, Absoft is the only
commercial vendor to provide Fortran compilers, AND a graphical integrated
development environment (IDE) designed for Fortran.
Most Fortran vendors focus on the Fortran
compiler and adapt it as best they can to whatever system environment
it is in. This frees them from the expense of creating and supporting
a proper IDE for Fortran. Sometimes command line interfaces can fill the
gap, but Windows and Mac, customers expect complete graphical solutions.
It is one of the reasons they purchased those systems.
Only Absoft Pro Fortran includes a Fortran
compiler AND a commercial IDE designed for Fortran. Other vendors try
and work around the lack of a Fortran IDE by using the Visual Studio environment
on Windows and Xcode on Mac. Unfortunately, the IDEs from Microsoft and
Apple, while excellent for C/C++, were not designed for Fortran. In fact,
they know nothing about Fortran and Fortran debugging requirements nor
do they provide a Fortran application framework. Absoft not only provides
an IDE designed for Fortran, but also adds exclusive features such as
automatic tracking of Fortran module dependencies, and IDE tools, which
know about Fortran arrays, Fortran storage classes and other capabilities
that other compiler vendors using Visual Studio and Xcode do not provide.
All this makes programming with Absoft, easier and faster. The Absoft
IDE also supports Microsoft C/C++, Apple C/C++ and gcc as optional plug-ins
for customers interested in developing mixed Fortran/C code.
Some of the main feature in the Absoft
Fortran IDE include: Absoft exclusive features in
View IDE Screenshot
- Advanced 32-bit and 64-bit compilers
for Windows, Linux or Mac OS
- Fx3 debugger, recognized
as one of the best Fortran debuggers available, also supports C/C++
and assembler View Fx3 Screenshot
- Graphical interfaces and command line
- Automatic Fortran module
- MRWE application framework
(Windows & Mac)
- Optimized pre-built math libraries including:
BLAS, LAPACK, ATLAS
- Graphics: 2D/3D pre-built and ready
to display your results
- Supports select 3rd party products including
IMSL, Microsoft C/C++, Apple C/C++ and gnu c compilers as plug-ins,
which further simplify development.
- Same look, feel and functionality on
Windows, Linux and Mac. Only 1 learning curve!
Absoft Pro Fortran is more complete
and the only suite designed for Fortran. Nothing else to buy or learn!
Easier to Use - Absoft Fx3 is a better Fortran debugger
Absoft Fx3 debugger is designed for Fortran, C/C++ and assembler.
Debuggers provided by Microsoft, Apple and gnu are good, but were designed
for C/C++ and not Fortran. Effective Fortran debugging requires support
for Fortran specific constructs such as array indexing, allocatable arrays,
the ability to display memory in all Fortran storage classes including
allocatable arrays, variables in modules and common and more. Designed
for Fortran, Fx3 also supports C/C++ and assembler as well. Fx3 is compatible
with Absoft, Apple, gnu, Intel, Microsoft and Pathscale compilers and
is available as a stand-alone product for Mac OS/Intel and x86 & x86_x64/Linux.
Better debugging increases productivity. Make sure you use Fx3 on your
Easier to Use - Fx3 provides a Graphical debugging interface for Fortran
Most customers find graphical debugging easier to use, and more productive
than simple command lines. Especially in highly graphical environments
like Windows and Mac. Fx3 provides not only full support for Fortran,
but also a full graphical interface. Compare the Absoft debugging solution
to the Intel debugging solution for Mac OS/Intel customers:
Absoft Solution - Fx3 debugger INCLUDES
graphical and command line interfaces.
Intel's IDB debugger for Mac OS does
NOT INCLUDE a graphical interface. According to Intel's 'Getting Started
with the Intel Debugger' document which ships with Intel Fortran v11.0.
'The GUI-based version is available on systems based on IA-32 or Intel
64 architecture running Linux OS'
3. Special Features…
Ease of Use… Superior Performance…
As illustrated above, Absoft products include
not only advanced compiler technology, but also several additional features,
which boost productivity and simplify code development.
Polyhedron Benchmarks on AMD
Absoft compilers automate building
muti-threaded, vectorized applications for today's latest processors.
Absoft code is documented to be among the fastest in the industry
Absoft has the best IDE for Fortran
developers. Designed by Fortran specialists for Fortran developers,
it provides Fortran specific features like automatic module dependency
tracking not available elsewhere. Excellent for small or large scale
projects, novice or expert programmer. Included FREE with all copies
of Pro Fortran.
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Fx3 graphical debugger - The superior
Fortran debugger supports C/C++ and assembly language as well. Provides
graphical debugging for Windows, Linux and Mac, even when other vendors
do not. Supports compilers from Absoft, Apple, Intel, gnu Microsoft
and Pathscale. Included FREE with each Pro Fortran and is available
as a stand-alone item for Mac OS/Intel and x86_64 Linux.
View Fx3 Screenshot
Absoft's exclusive MRWE application
framework - Can automatically give your program a native Windows
or Mac style interface with menus, a text window, and a graphics window.
MRWE allows you to create applications with windows and menus, without
knowledge of the system API and user interface guidelines. MRWE is written
completely in Fortran and full source is included as an example of Fortran
programming using native API interfaces.
Absoft offers the most IMSL numerical
library options at lower cost - Absoft is the only Fortran vendor
to offer Fortran+IMSL bundle pricing on Windows, Linux and Mac OS. Absoft
provides more IMSL options, better pricing and exclusive packages. These
bundles offer great value for anyone doing numerically intensive programming
(additional details below).
Absoft's exclusive MaxFlex site license allows dynamic switching
of Absoft Pro Fortran license(s) across Windows, Linux and Mac environments.
Excellent for education or other heterogeneous environments. Save money
and improve productivity. View
Absoft - One learning curve for Windows,
Linux or Mac OS.
The Absoft IDE provides same look, feel and functionality on Windows,
Linux and Mac. Increases productivity of multi-platform developers.
Microsoft C/C++, gcc and Apple C/C++ supported as plug-ins for mixed
language development. Only one learning curve even with multiple platforms.
No other commercial Fortran vendor provides a similar solution.
FREE trial copies for Pro Fortran
for Windows, Linux or Mac OS. Try before you buy with Absoft trial versions
of the latest software. Absoft tech support will answer your questions.
FREE Personal Use License. Need
an additional license of Absoft Pro Fortran for your home system? Absoft
includes free Personal Use licenses with every purchase at no extra
Absoft's Exclusive IMSL Bundles - 5 ways
Absoft saves money and adds value
1. Absoft Exclusive
- SAVE $300+ on IMSL when you bundle with Absoft Pro Fortran.
Developers of numerical applications worldwide are well acquainted with
IMSL's collection of 1000 special function numerical and statistical
libraries. Often referred to as the 'Gold Standard' of numerical libraries,
IMSL can save development time, produce better code, and typically pays
for itself after using only two routines. IMSL purchased in Absoft bundles
saves $300 compared to VNI's suggest commercial stand-alone price.
2. Absoft Exclusive
- IMSL bundles available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
Unlike other Fortran vendors, Absoft is not only an IMSL distributor
but also actively builds and validates IMSL ports for Windows, Linux
and Mac. This allows Absoft resellers to offer special Pro Fortran +
IMSL bundles for Windows, Linux and Mac OS at greatly reduced prices.
Similar bundles for Windows, Linux and Mac are NOT AVAIABLE DIRECTLY
FROM OTHER FORTRAN VENDORS. Where IMSL is available from other vendors,
it may be for only a single platform or require purchase through another
source at prices typically higher than with Absoft IMSL bundles. Save
money and get everything from one source.
3. Absoft Exclusive
- Save $200 on IMSL from Absoft compared to other vendors. Not only
do Absoft Pro Fortran + IMSL bundles for Windows, Linux and Mac offer
substantial savings over individual component pricing, they also offer
significant savings when compared to Fortran + IMSL bundle pricing for
compilers from other vendors because Absoft provides IMSL at lower cost
than the competition. This pricing is available only with Absoft compilers
through Absoft resellers worldwide.
Absoft offers the full IMSL numerical libraries at the LOWEST COST!
4. IMSL Bundle pricing comparison
(below): Absoft+IMSL saves $200 vs Intel+IMSL
Fortran + IMSL bundles
Pro Fortran Intel IVF
IMSL for Windows (commercial) purchase :
IMSL for Mac OS (commercial) purchase:
IMSL for Linux (commercial) purchase:
5. Absoft Exclusive
- IMSL 32-bit + 64-bit bundles from Absoft SAVE you $350
VNI offers IMSL libraries in both 32-bit and 64-bit configurations.
VNI/IMSL license policies consider each a separate product. If you need
both, and many people do, you will need to purchase both and no bundle
pricing is available from VNI or other Fortran vendors.
Absoft does offer specially
priced 32+64-bit IMSL bundles. With Absoft, purchase 32-bit at full
price and get the 64-bit version for the same platform for 50% off.
This represents an additional $350 for commercial customers requiring
both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the libraries. These special 32/64
bundles are available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS, ONLY from Absoft
resellers worldwide. Contact your reseller for details.
Support… Special Features… Ease of Use… Superior Performance…
Absoft - Can save you $100s or $1000
of dollars on software
Not only do Absoft products include advanced technology, produce faster
code and include the most complete Fortran development suite available,
Absoft leads the industry in superior pricing and more license options.
Examples below show Absoft prices for floating network licenses are
at least 20% lower than Intel's (based on listed commercial prices
at time of comparison).
Sample SRP Absoft vs. Intel price
comparison: Absoft Pro Intel Pro
or Windows license single
Mac or Windows license 1 user floating
Mac or Windows license 2 user floating
Mac or Windows license 5 user floating
Absoft Exclusive - MaxFlex is a type of
site license which allow dynamic mixing of licenses for Windows, Linux
and Mac. MaxFlex is the best value for mix platform environments. Based
on manufacturer's suggested retails the chart below illustrates the superior
savings offered by an Absoft MaxFlex license for Mac AND
Windows. It is about the same price as an Intel floating license
for Mac OR Windows. No other Fortran vendors offers similar values.
Absoft Mac AND Windows 1 user floating
license $1404 $N/A
Absoft Mac AND Windows 2 user floating license $2639
Absoft Mac AND Windows 5 user floating license $5525
MaxFlex provides twice the value and extra convenience!