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14 June 2011, 16:56

EKOPath 4 Compiler Suite open sourced

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PathScale Logo PathScale has announced that it is making its EKOPath 4 Compiler Suite available as an open source project. The EKOPath 4 Compiler Suite – available as a free download for Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris – is a high performance Intel 64 and AMD C, C++ and Fortran compiler that is ISO C99/C++ 2003 & GNU compatible. The release will include documentation and the complete development stack, including compiler, debugger, assembler, runtimes and standard libraries.

The company says that it hopes open sourcing the suite will "bring together a community of users, developers and researchers". PathScale Chief Scientist Fred Chow added: "This is an exciting announcement because it allows PathScale's world-class compilers to be accessible to a much larger community of compiler users. The enlarged user base will benefit PathScale, and in turn promote more community participation in the continued development of PathScale's products". The company will continue to provide full paid support for EKOPath users, as well as offer additional support options for AMD's Open64 compiler.

In response to requests from the open source community, PathDB, a modern debugger, has been included in the release. PathScale say that the community wanted a contemporary debugger available under a permissive licence rather than one "encumbered by the GPLv3". The compiler itself is licensed under the GPLv3. The code for the compiler and debugger is hosted on

PathScale is known for its work developing high performance Fortran, C and C++ compilers for AMD64, Intel64 and x86 CPUs. At the time of writing, the EKOPath 4 product page has yet to be updated to reflect the changes.

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