Chinese research yields results for Intel

Intel and the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have jointly developed an...

Intel and the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have jointly developed an open-source compiler framework called Open Research Compiler (ORC), for Intel's 64-bit Itanium processor.

Compilers take software written in high-level programming languages, such as C and C++, and convert them into machine code that can be understood by microprocessors. The more efficient the conversion from a high-level programming language into machine code is, the more efficient the microprocessor is.

The ORC compiler framework is based on an existing open-source Itanium compiler, Pro64, and consists of modular components that perform a specific optimisation task. These modules allow researchers to test different optimisation techniques - such as global instruction scheduling, predication and speculation, and software pipelining - against the basic compiler framework. The software also includes tools to enable validation and comparison of these modules.

The compiler framework is the product of a two-year development project begun by Intel and ICT in April 2001.

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