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    Phoronix: PathScale Open-Sources The EKOPath 4 Compiler Suite

    Within the free software world, GCC has long been the dominant compiler with it being backed by the Free Software Foundation, it being the most well developed free compiler suite, and is a feature rich offering that is put out under the GNU GPLv3. As of late, LLVM has also been hitting the nail on the head. The Low-Level Virtual Machine with its C/C++ Clang compiler front-end offers great performance, is successful in building code-bases like the Linux kernel, its modular design allows the compiler infrastructure to be used in areas like graphics drivers, is under a BSD-style license, and carries numerous other advantages. Other open-source compilers have advanced too, including the release of PCC 1.0. Now there is a new and extremely interesting option to shake the open-source compiler world: PathScale is freely releasing the source to the EKOPath 4 Compiler Suite. EKOPath 4 is a high-performance compiler that up until now has been proprietary and costs nearly $2000 USD per license, but now it's open-source and can sharply outperform GCC in many computationally-intense workloads.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=16135

  • #2
    holy **** this is nice.

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    • #3
      Were both compilers run without optimizations or what were the options?

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      • #4
        Considering you've been sitting on this article for two weeks, you could have gotten someone to proof read it

        The first line was particularly horrible to read

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        • #5
          Neeeeed ebuild.

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          • #6
            compiler FTW!

            cant wait to see this thingy on my 2 gentoo boxes

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            • #7
              thanks

              thanks for really interesting news Michael!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FireBurn View Post
                Considering you've been sitting on this article for two weeks, you could have gotten someone to proof read it

                The first line was particularly horrible to read
                Quit being so pedantic and celebrate the good news!

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                • #9
                  It would appear that Phoronix jumped the gun a bit here. So far, there's still nothing on the PathScale site and while a trusted source has told me that the release is still on for now, I'm kind of worried about the effect that the early leak will have...

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                  • #10
                    How can such differences exist ?

                    They are big differences in performance.
                    Even if the applications have been well chosen, I would never expect to see such differences by just using another compiler.
                    Maybe this should be considered as bugs in GCC (it must obviously do something wrong to see such a difference).

                    That would be very interesting to compare compilations options, and to see how that works on different configurations as well.

                    And why not using Fedora 15 with GCC 4.6 to perform benchmarks?
                    It's a bit more bleeding edge than Ubuntu.

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