IBM United States
Software Announcement 203-201
August 12, 2003

VisualAge C++, XL Fortran, and XL Fortran RTE for Enterprise Linux expand support to iSeries platform

 ENUS203-201.PDF (47KB)


At a glance

VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux, XL Fortran V8.1 for Linux, and XL Fortran RTE V8.1 for Linux deliver the proven power of IBM compiler technology to iSeries application developers.

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative or the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).

Overview

The VisualAge® C++ and XL Fortran family of compilers is expanded to support the IBM eServer iSeries™ platform. The previously announced VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries™, XL Fortran V8.1 for Linux on pSeries, and XL Fortran Run-Time Environment (RTE) V8.1 for Linux on pSeries now bring C/C++ and Fortran function to customers running a Linux-enabled iSeries or AS/400® RISC model server.

With this release of VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on iSeries, XL Fortran V8.1 for Linux on iSeries, and XL Fortran RTE V8.1 for Linux on iSeries, Linux application developers can now take advantage of proven IBM compiler technology.

For additional information on VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries (and now also iSeries), refer to Software Announcement 203-056 , dated February 25, 2003.

For additional information on IBM XL Fortran V8.1 for Linux on pSeries (and now also iSeries) and IBM XL Fortran RTE V8.1 for Linux on pSeries (and now also iSeries), refer to Software Announcement 203-053 , dated February 25, 2003.

Key prerequisites

  • Linux-enabled iSeries or AS/400 RISC model servers
  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 (SLES 8) on pSeries and iSeries
  • Browser to access the HTML-based help
  • PDF reader to view and print PDF documentation

Planned availability date

August 15, 2003, for build-to-plan (orders by part number) and electronic software delivery

Description

VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries

The VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries software is a highly productive and powerful development environment for building C and C++ applications.

1998 C++ and 1999 C International Standards: VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries builds on official industry standards, so your code can be ported easily among a variety of implementations.

1999 C Standard: The ISO/IEC 9899:1999 International Standard (also known as C99) specifies the form and establishes the interpretation of programs written in the C programming language. This is the second edition of the standard. This update enhances the capability of the C language, provides clarifications, and incorporates technical corrections to the previous edition of the standard. The language features supported by the C compiler within VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries is consistent with the specification described in the ISO/IEC 9899:1999 International Standard. The compiler works with a run-time environment that supports the standard to form a conforming implementation.

The C99 Standard offers a number of additional language functions over the first edition (C89) of the standard. These include:

  • Long Long
  • Bool
  • Pragma operator
  • Initializer allow con
  • Empty new argument
  • Macro with variable number of args
  • Inline function specifier
  • Complex

The -qlanglvl compiler option allows you to choose from the available language levels that you can use to compile your code within VisualAge C++. Your code can conform to the latest C99 Standard, use extensions to C99, or conform to the previous C89 Standard. VisualAge C++ offers you the flexibility to compile your code to the language level that you need.

1998 C++ Standard: The ISO/IEC 14882:1998 International Standard (also known as Standard C++) specifies the form and establishes the interpretation of programs written in the C++ programming language. This International Standard is designed to promote the portability of C++ programs among a variety of implementations. ISO/IEC 14882:1998 is the first formal definition of the C++ language. The C++ compiler within VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries supports the 1998 ISO/IEC Standard. In addition, VisualAge C++ supports a number of the latest approved clarifications from the standards committee, bringing the C++ compiler within VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries to the latest level of the standard.

OpenMP: The OpenMP is an industry specification describing a common set of APIs that support multiplatform symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) programming in C, C++, and Fortran on all architectures, including UNIX® platforms. Jointly defined by a group of major computer hardware and software vendors, including IBM, OpenMP is a portable, scalable programming model that provides SMP programmers with a simple and flexible interface for developing shared-memory parallel applications for platforms ranging from the desktop to the supercomputer.

VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries provides full support for the OpenMP Industry Specification V1.0. For more information about the OpenMP Specification, visit the OpenMP Web site at:

Compiler optimization: VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries includes the benefits of IBM's compiler optimization technology. Through compiler options, directives, and pragmas, programmers are offered a number of ways to optimize their code. Using the -O2, -O3, -O4, and -O5 options, you can obtain optimization levels that run from comprehensive low-level optimizations to more extensive optimizations that include interprocedural analysis, loop optimization, and automatic machine tuning. Other options for optimization include:

  • -qarch, -qtune, and -qcache, which allow you to optimize your application to the POWER3™ and POWER4™ architecture
  • -qhot, which allows for high-order transformations, which are optimizations that specifically improve performance of loops through techniques such as interchange, fusion, and unrolling
  • -qipa, which invokes interprocedural analysis (IPA) that enables the compiler to optimize across different files (whole-program analysis), and can result in significant performance improvements
  • -qpdf (profile-directed feedback), which uses results from sample program execution to fine-tune optimizations in conditional branches and frequently executed code sections
  • -qsmp, which generates threaded code needed to exploit shared-memory parallel processing leading to high-performance code

32-bit and 64-bit support: You can use VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries to develop 32-bit and 64-bit applications. VisualAge C++ provides 64-bit pointer and 64-bit addressability support for SMP and serial code. High optimization levels, interprocedural analysis, and SMP are supported for 64-bit code.

Ease of porting: VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries has features that help you port existing code from AIX® or other UNIX-based systems as well as from code originally written for GNU C/C++. For example, by compiling with the -qinfo=por option, you can filter the diagnostic messages emitted by the compiler to show only those that pertain to portability issues. Also a comprehensive subset of features related to GNU C/C++ are supported by VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries. Other GNU C/C++ features are recognized (accepted and ignored). This will help you minimize the number of changes that you need to make to your GCC source code to ensure that it compiles successfully using VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries.

Binary compatibility and coexistence: VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries supports the C++ Abstract Binary Interface (ABI), which means that the compiler produces binary or object files that are compatible with those created with the GCC compiler.

VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries includes the same headers as those used by a GNU compiler residing on the same system. This allows VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries to achieve binary compatibility with GCC-compiled code. The VisualAge compiler optimizes the program while maintaining binary compatibility with objects produced by GCC V3.2. Additional coexistence features include:

  • IBM built-in functions for POWER3 and POWER4 architectures coexist with GNU C built-ins.
  • Compilation uses the GNU C and C++ header files from the Linux distribution.
  • Compilation uses the GNU assembler.
  • Linking uses the GNU linker.
  • Compiled programs use the GNU C and C++ run-time libraries.
  • Compiled object files are compatible with g++ objects.
  • Debugging uses the GNU debugger, gdb.
  • Profiling uses the GNU profiler, gprof.

GNU Debugger, gdb: VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries supports debugging using the GNU debugger, gdb. This symbolic debugger, which comes with the system, supports full debugging capability for code without optimization and partial debugging for code at the -O2 optimization level.

Documentation and online help: VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries provides product documentation in HTML and Portable Document Format (PDF). The following PDF documents are provided:

  • Getting Started with VisualAge C++ for Linux on pSeries describes the different ways the compiler can generate executable code, the accepted file types for input and output, and tips that can be useful for porting an existing application. The book also includes instructions for installing the program and provides an introduction to optimizing the performance of your application.
  • VisualAge C++ for Linux on pSeries C/C++ Language Reference contains information about the C and C++ programming languages as supported by IBM, including the new portability and standardization extensions.
  • VisualAge C++ for Linux on pSeries Compiler Reference contains information about the various compiler options, pragmas, macros, and built-in functions, including those used for parallel processing.
  • VisualAge C++ for Linux on pSeries Programming Tasks contains information about programming using VisualAge C++ for Linux on pSeries not covered in other publications.

XL Fortran V8.1 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries

The XL Fortran (XLF) compiler is now available for Linux on pSeries and iSeries. XLF for Linux on pSeries and iSeries is based on the mature compiler technology of XLF for AIX and currently supports SLES 8 for pSeries and iSeries.

FORTRAN 77, Fortran 90, Fortran 95 Standards: XLF V8.1 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries is a native and highly optimized compiler that fully complies with FORTRAN 77, Fortran 90, and Fortran 95 standards. It partially supports draft Fortran 2000 standard features. It also supports IBM and industry extensions from various compiler vendors.

Supported draft Fortran 2000 features include:

  • Allocatable components
  • IEEE Floating Point Exception Handling
  • Pointer with INTENT attribute

OpenMP: OpenMP is an industry specification describing a common set of APIs that support SMP programming in C/C++ and Fortran on all architectures, including UNIX and Windows NT® platforms. OpenMP is a portable, scalable model that gives shared-memory parallel programmers a simple and flexible interface for developing parallel applications for platforms ranging from the desktop to the supercomputer.

XLF V8.1 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries provides full support for the OpenMP Fortran API V2.0. For more information on the OpenMP Fortran API V2.0, visit:

SMP programming: Applications may be parallelized automatically through the use of a compiler option or parallelized explicitly through the use of SMP directives.

Use the xlf_r, xlf90_r, or xlf95_r command to compile XL Fortran SMP programs. For the compiler to recognize the SMP directives and activate parallelization, you must also specify the -qsmp option.

32-bit and 64-bit support: Use XLF for Linux on pSeries and iSeries to develop both 32-bit and 64-bit mode applications. XLF V8.1 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries provides 64-bit pointer and 64-bit addressability. High optimization levels (-O5, -O4, and -qhot), interprocedural analysis, and parallelization are supported for 64-bit mode applications.

Exploiting the PowerPC® architecture: XLF for Linux on pSeries and iSeries supports IBM POWER3, POWER4, and PowerPC architectures. Use compiler options -qarch and -qtune to instruct the compiler to generate code specific to an architecture. This allows the compiler to take advantage of machine-specific instructions to further improve performance. The -qarch option specifies the target architectures on which the resulting programs will run. The -qtune and -qcache options refine the degree of platform-specific optimization performed.

Asynchronous I/O: XLF for Linux on pSeries and iSeries supports asynchronous I/O. Asynchronous I/O can be used to improve the performance of applications that perform input and output of large amounts of data. Asynchronous I/O makes it possible for other program statements to be executed while the data transfer is taking place.

Symbolic debugger support: Use gdb or other symbolic debugger for your programs.

Port or migration support: The XLF compiler helps you port or migrate source code among Fortran compilers by providing full FORTRAN 77, Fortran 90, and Fortran 95 language support and selected language extensions (such as intrinsic functions, data types) from many different compiler vendors.

The xlf, xlf_r, f77, and fort77 commands provide maximum compatibility with existing FORTRAN 77 programs. The default options provided with the xlf90 and xlf90_r commands give access to the full range of Fortran 90 language features. The default options provided with the xlf95 and xlf95_r commands give access to the full range of Fortran 95 language features.

IBM XL Fortran RTE V8.1 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries

XLF RTE V8.1 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries provides a run-time environment to support library modules, asynchronous I/O, threadsafe I/O, and I/O services and utilities.

Reference information

For additional information on VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries (and now also iSeries), refer to Software Announcement 203-056 , dated February 25, 2003.

For additional information on IBM XL Fortran V8.1 for Linux on pSeries (and now also iSeries) and IBM XL Fortran RTE V8.1 for Linux on pSeries (and now also iSeries), refer to Software Announcement 203-053 , dated February 25, 2003.

Trademarks

 
The e-business logo, iSeries, pSeries, POWER3, and POWER4 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
VisualAge, AS/400, AIX, and PowerPC are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows NT is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Technical information

Hardware requirements

VisualAge® C++ V6.0 for Linux on iSeries™

  • iSeries or AS/400® RISC model servers
  • Display: SVGA 800 x 600 (1024 x 764 recommended) for viewing the online documentation
  • CD-ROM drive optional
  • Mouse or pointing device optional
  • Memory 96 MB (128 MB, or higher, recommended)
  • Disk space:
    • At least 50 MB for product packages
    • At least 200 MB (recommended) to accommodate high levels of optimization

XL Fortran V8.1 for Linux on iSeries

  • iSeries or AS/400 RISC model servers
  • Display: SVGA 800 X 600 (1024 X 764 recommended) for viewing the online documentation
  • Memory: 256 MB minimum
  • Disk space, a minimum:
    • 100 MB for product packages
    • 512 MB for paging and temporary files

Software requirements

VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on iSeries

  • Linux-enabled iSeries or AS/400 RISC model servers
  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for pSeries™ and iSeries (SLES 8)
  • An instance of GNU C/C++ V3.2, or later
  • Optional GUI
    • K Desktop Environment (KDE) for applications and tools with an X Window graphical interface
  • Viewers to access and display the documentation such as:
    • A frames-capable browser such as Mozilla V1.0, or later, to access HTML-format online help
    • A Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer

XL Fortran V8.1 for Linux on iSeries

  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for pSeries and iSeries (SLES 8)
  • Viewers to access and display the documentation such as:
    • A frames-capable browser such as Mozilla V1.0, or later, to access HTML-format online help
    • A PDF viewer

Planning information

Web information

Packaging: The VisualAge C++ V6.0 program is distributed in a single package that includes the following:

  • If selected, one media pack containing one CD-ROM for the VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries program and a support agreement addendum document
  • If selected, one media pack containing one CD-ROM for the VisualAge C++ V6.0 for AIX® program and a support addendum document

The IBM XL Fortran V8.1 program is distributed in a single package that includes the following:

  • If selected, one media pack containing one CD-ROM for the IBM XL Fortran V8.1 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries program and a support addendum document
  • If selected, one media pack containing one CD-ROM for the IBM XL Fortran V8.1 for AIX program, License Agreement Booklet, License Information Booklet, and a support addendum document

The IBM XL Fortran RTE V8.1 program is distributed in a single package that includes the following:

  • If selected, one media pack containing one CD-ROM for the IBM XL Fortran RTE V8.1 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries program, License Agreement booklet, License Information Booklet, and support addendum document
  • If selected, one media pack containing one CD-ROM for the IBM XL Fortran RTE V8.1 for AIX program, License Agreement booklet, License Information Booklet, and a support addendum document.

When downloaded from a Web site, this program contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information (LI), if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. The license and LI will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT for future reference.

Security, auditability, and control

VisualAge C++ V6.0 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries, XL Fortran V8.1 for Linux on pSeries and iSeries, and XL Fortran V8.1 RTE for Linux on pSeries and iSeries use the security and auditability features of the operating systems on which they operate.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering information

This product is only available via Passport Advantage®. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Product group: VisualAge

Product identifier description (PID): VisualAge C++ (5765-F56)

Product category: VisualAge C++

Product group: App Integration Middleware Other

PID: IBM XL Fortran (5765-F70)

PID: IBM XL Fortran RTE (5765-F71)

Product category: XLFORTRAN

VisualAge C++ is a server product that has one charge unit: Authorized User.

These are available in fixed order quantities of one user.

Note: VisualAge C++ V6.0 is licensed based on a charge unit of one authorized user per operating system/hardware platform. Separate user authorizations are required by individual user for each operating system/hardware platform on which the program is used. For each user authorization on a given operating system/hardware platform, the program may be stored on more than one machine of that particular hardware platform, provided that the program is not in active use by that individual user on more than one machine of that particular hardware platform at the same time.

An authorized user is an individual or specific named user authorized to have access to the program or any portion of the program on a single operating system. The proof of entitlement for this program is evidence of your authorization. Each individual or specific named user must obtain a Proof of Entitlement for each operating system/hardware platform on which the program is used.

IBM XL Fortran is a server product that has one charge unit: Authorized User. These are available in fixed order quantities of one user.

Note: IBM XL Fortran V8.1 is licensed based on a charge unit of one authorized user per operating system/hardware platform. Separate user authorizations are required by individual user for each operating system/hardware platform on which the program is used. For each user authorization on a given operating system/hardware platform, the program may be stored on more than one machine, provided that the program is not in active use by that individual user on more than one machine at the same time.

An authorized user is an individual or specific named user authorized to have access to the program or any portion of the program on a single operating system/hardware platform. The Proof of Entitlement (PoE) for this program is evidence of your authorization. Each individual or specific named user must obtain a PoE for each system on which the program is used.

When IBM XL Fortran V8.1 is ordered, its run-time component is shipped with the compiler on the same media. The XL Fortran Run-Time component should be installed on the machine where the Fortran program will be compiled and executed.

IBM XL Fortran RTE is a server product that has one charge unit: Install. These are available in fixed order quantities of one install.

Note: IBM XL Fortran RTE V8.1 is licensed based on a charge unit of one copy installed.

Charges for this program are based on the number of copies installed on different machines regardless of the number of processors or LPARs that machine contains.

Each individual install must obtain a PoE. The total number of copies installed may not exceed the quantity you purchased.

VisualAge C++ V6.0, IBM XL Fortran V8.1, and IBM XL Fortran RTE V8.1 can be ordered from the Passport Advantage (BTP) channel.

All part numbers in the following table have been previously announced and are listed for information only.

For more information on VisualAge C++ V6.0, refer to Software Announcement 203-056 , dated February 25, 2003.

For more information on IBM XL Fortran V8.1 and IBM XL Fortran RTE V8.1, refer to Software Announcement 203-053 , dated February 25, 2003.

Passport Advantage

                                                  Part
Description                                       number
 
VisualAge C++ V6 for Linux on                     BA09SML
 pSeries and iSeries
 Media Pack Multilingual
VisualAge C++ + USER LIC/                         D5AHLLL
 SW MAINT 1 ANNIV
VisualAge C++ + USER LIC/                         D5AHMLL
 SW MAINT 2 ANNIV
VisualAge C++ + USER SW MAINT                     E1AHNLL
 RNWL 1 ANNIV
VisualAge C++ + USER SW MAINT                     D5AHPLL
 AFT LIC 1 ANNIV
XL Fortran for Linux pSeries/                     BA09RNA
 iSeries V8.1 MEDIA PK English
XL Fortran RTE for Linux pSeries/                 BA09XNA
 iSeries V8.1 MEDIA PK English
 
                                                  Part
Description                                       number
 
XLFortran for AIX/Linux Reg User                  D5APSLL
 LIC/SW MAINT 1 ANNIV
XLFortran for AIX/Linux Reg User                  D5APTLL
 LIC/SW MAINT 2 ANNIV
XLFortran for AIX/Linux Reg User                  E1APULL
 
 SW MAINT RNWL 1 ANNIV
XLFortran for AIX/Linux Reg User                  D5APVLL
 SW MAINT AFT LIC 1 ANNIV
XLFortran RTE for AIX/Linux Install               D5AQ0LL
 LIC/SW MAINT 1 ANNIV
XLFortran RTE for AIX/Linux Install               D5AQ1LL
 LIC/SW MAINT MAINT 2 ANNIV
XLFortran RTE For AIX/Linux Install               E1AQ2LL
 SW MAINT RNWL 1 ANNIV
XLFortran RTE For AIX/Linux Install               D5AQ3LL
 SW MAINT AFT LIC 1 ANNIV

Terms and conditions

The terms and conditions for VisualAge C++ V6.0, XL Fortran V8.1, and XL Fortran RTE V8.1, as previously announced in the following software announcements, are unchanged except as listed here:

The Charge Unit is now based on individual usage on both operating system and hardware platform.

VisualAge C++ is a server product that has one charge unit: Authorized user. These are available in fixed order quantities of one user.

Note: VisualAge C++ V6.0 is licensed based on a charge unit of one authorized user per operating system/hardware platform. Separate user authorizations are required by individual users for each operating system/hardware platform on which the program is used. For each user authorization on a given operating system/hardware platform, the program may be stored on more than one machine of that particular hardware platform, provided that the program is not in active use by that individual user on more than one machine of that particular hardware platform at the same time.

An authorized user is an individual or specific named user authorized to have access to the program or any portion of the program on a single operating system. The PoE for this program is evidence of your authorization. Each individual or specific named user must obtain a PoE for each operating system/hardware platform on which the program is used.

IBM XL Fortran is a server product that has one charge unit: Authorized user. These are available in fixed order quantities of one user.

Note: IBM XL Fortran V8.1 is licensed based on a charge unit of one authorized user per operating system/hardware platform. Separate user authorizations are required by individual users for each operating system/hardware platform on which the program is used. For each user authorization on a given operating system/hardware platform, the program may be stored on more than one machine, provided that the program is not in active use by that individual user on more than one machine at the same time.

An authorized user is an individual or specific named user authorized to have access to the program or any portion of the program on a single operating system/hardware platform. The PoE for this program is evidence of your authorization. Each individual or specific named user must obtain a PoE for each system on which the program is used.

When IBM XL Fortran V8.1 is ordered, its run-time component is shipped with the compiler on the same media. The XL Fortran Run-Time component should be installed on the machine where the Fortran program will be compiled and executed.

IBM XL Fortran RTE is a server product that has one charge unit: Install. These are available in fixed order quantities of one install.

Note: IBM XL Fortran RTE V8.1 is licensed based on a charge unit of one copy installed. Charges for this program are based on the number of copies installed on different machines, regardless of the number of processors or LPARs those machines contain. Each individual install must obtain a PoE. The total number of copies installed may not exceed the quantity you purchased.

Previous software announcements

For additional information on VisualAge C++ V6.0 For Linux on pSeries (and now also iSeries), refer to Software Announcement 203-056 , dated February 25, 2003.

For additional information on IBM XL Fortran V8.1 for Linux on pSeries (and now also iSeries) and IBM XL Fortran RTE V8.1 for Linux on pSeries (and now also iSeries), refer to Software Announcement 203-053 , dated February 25, 2003

Prices

The prices are unchanged by this announcement.

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IBM Electronic Services news page provides you with a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used by customers to access IBM Internet services and support. By using the news page, it enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

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Trademarks

 
The e-business logo, iSeries, pSeries, eServer, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
VisualAge, AS/400, AIX, and Passport Advantage are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.