Intel Parallel Studio Cluster Studio XE 2018

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As the relentless pursuit of compute capacity of HPC systems have shifted to multicore systems, and soon to mixed multicore and many-core systems, the compute power of the hardware is scaling at faster than 2x Moore’s Law. Software development solutions and tools need to scale to meet the developers needs to utilize these systems.

Intel Parallel Studio Cluster Edition  meets the challenges facing HPC developers by providing, for the first time, a comprehensive suite of tools that enables developers to boost HPC application performance and reliability. It combines Intel’s proven cluster tools with Intel’s advanced threading/memory correctness analysis and performance profiling tools to enable scaling application development for today’s and tomorrow’s HPC cluster systems

Intel Parallel Studio Cluster Edition XE 2018 includes the next-generation software development tools:

  • Intel MPI Library – Highly scalable and interconnect independent low latency MPI library
  • Intel Trace Analyzer and Collector – MPI communications performance profiler
  • Intel C, C++ and Fortran Compilers – Industry-leading compilers
  • Intel MKL and Intel® IPP – Performance libraries for math and multimedia
  • Intel Threading Building Blocks and Intel® Cilk™ Plus – Parallel programming models based on threading
  • Intel Advisor XE – Threading assistant for C/C++, C#, and Fortran applications using thread-based parallelism on the master node of a cluster
  • Intel VTune™ Amplifier XE – Performance & thread profiler is MPI enabled on every node
  • Intel Inspector XE – Memory and thread checker is MPI enabled on every node
  • Static Analysis – Locate difficult to find defects
  • Intel MPI Benchmarks - An open source set of MPI and cluster benchmark kernels


Highlights of Intel Parallel Studio Cluster Edition XE2018

Scale Performance
Superior shared, distributed, or hybrid application performance through industry leading Intel compilers, parallel models and libraries with advanced performance optimizations for today’s multicore and tomorrow’s many-core processors in HPC clusters.

  • MPI Latency - Intel MPI Library is up to 6.5X as fast as alternative MPI libraries
  • Compiler Performance –Industry leading Intel C, C++ & Fortran compilers
  • Thread Profiling & Tuning – Intel VTune Amplifier XE now MPI enabled for every node 

Scale Forward
Intel Cluster Studio XE provides the tools, programming models, and performance libraries that enable developers to develop code that scales on Intel Xeon Processors today while easily extending to the Intel® Many Integrated Core (Intel MIC) architecture.

  • MPI Capacity – Intel MPI Library scales beyond 90k processes
  • Parallel Programming Models – Commercially supported Intel versions of open source Intel® Threading Building Blocks (Intel® TBB) and Intel Cilk Plus for threading parallelism 

Scale Efficiency
The impact of budget and schedule pressure makes it crucial to have the right tools and
programming models to rapidly develop and deploy reliable HPC applications. Intel Cluster Studio
XE delivers powerful threading and correctness tools for hybrid applications development and
parallel programming models that are simple to adopt.

  • Thread & Memory Correctness– Intel Inspector XE now MPI enabled for every node
  • MPI Correctness– Increased productivity in finding MPI errors.
  • Rapid Performance Profiling – Intel VTune Amplifier finds hotspots faster
  • Parallel Programming Models – Parallelize code using three keywords with Intel® Cilk™ Plus and Intel TBB templates for simple and robust scalable task based parallelism


New features

What is new in Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018

-Speed application performance with Intel® AVX-512 for the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable and Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors. Accelerate MPI applications with Intel® Omni-Path Architecture.
-Accelerate HPC with high performance Python.
-Find high impact, but under optimized loops using Intel® Advisor’s roofline analysis.
-Stay up to date with the latest standards and IDEs:
              -Full C++14 and initial C++ 2017 draft
              -Full Fortran 2008 and initial Fortran 2015 draft
              -Python 2.7 and 3.6, initial OpenMP 5.0 draft
              -Microsoft Visual Studio* 2017 integration
-Flexibility for What You Need
-Quickly spot high payoff opportunities for faster code using a combined performance snapshot for MPI, CPU, FPU, and memory use.
-Adds MPICH and Cray support.
-Easily access the latest Intel® Performance Libraries and Intel® Python* Distribution via APT GET, YUM and Conda.
-New, broader redistribution rights for Intel® Performance Libraries and Intel® Distribution for Python.

What’s New in the different editions of Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018

Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018 Composer Edition 2018

-Advance Support for Intel® Architecture – Use Intel compiler to generate optimized code for Intel Atom® through Intel® Xeon Scalable and Xeon Phi processor families
-Achieve Superior Parallel Performance – Vectorize & thread your code (using OpenMP) to take full advantage of the latest SIMD - enabled hardware, including AVX - 512 instructions
-Develop Smart Code with Confidence – Access extensive compiler diagnostics to study code generation characteristics, use with Intel VTune Amplifier & Intel® Advisor for further analysis
-Faster Compile Time – Memory management improvements reduce application compile time without sacrificing runtime performance
-Lightweight Hardware - based Profile - guided Optimization alternative – Experience many benefits of profile information without the overhead of instrumentation.

Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018 Professional Edition 2018

Intel VTune Amplifier
-Accurately profile C, C++, Fortran, Python, Go, Java, or any mix
-Optimize CPU, threading, memory, cache, storage & more
-Save time: rich analysis leads to insight

2018 VTune Amplifier News:    
-Quick metrics for shared & distributed memory apps
-Cross - OS analysis – e.g. analyze Linux from Windows or macOS
-Profile inside containers

Intel Inspector
-Correctness Tools Increase ROI By 12% - 21%
-Errors found earlier are less expensive to fix
-Races & deadlocks not easily reproduced
-Memory errors are hard to find without a tool
-Debugger Integration Speeds Diagnosis
           -Breakpoint set just before the problem
           -Examine variables & threads with the debugger

2018 Inspector News:     
Fewer false positives
C++ 17 std::shared_mutex added
Windows SRW Locks added

Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018 Cluster Edition 2018

Intel Trace Analyzer & Collector
-Powerful Profiler, Analysis & Visualization Tool for MPI Applications
-Low overhead for accurate profiling, analysis & correctness checking
-Easily visualize process interactions, hotspots & load balancing for tuning & optimization
-Workflow flexibility: Compile, Link or Run

2018 Trace Analyzer & Collector News
-Support of OpenSHMEM applications
-Supports the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable and Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors

Intel Cluster Checker 2018
-For Linux High Performance Compute Clusters
-Verifies system health
-Offers suggested actions
-Provides extensible framework
-API for integrated support

2018 News
-Adds support for new Intel silicon & platform elements (processors, fabric, memory, storage, cluster provisioning, HPC platforms)
-Introduces simplified grouping of checks for extensibility
-Improves diagnostic output
-Validates Intel Scalable System Framework Classic HPC Cluster Reference Architectures
-Check Intel Omni-Path in-depth
-Analyze data from multiple database sources


Following matrix explains which products that are included in the different product editions




Intel Cluster Studio XE is sold as single user or floating server license.

If you are using the Materials under the control of a Single- User license, you as an individual may install and use the Materials on an unlimited number of computers provided that you are the only individual using the Materials and only one copy of the Materials is in use at any one time. A separate license is required for each additional use and/or individual user in all other cases.

If you are using the Materials under the control of a Floating license, you may (a) install the Materials on an unlimited number of computers that are connected to the designated network and (b) use the Material by no more than the authorized number of concurrent users. A separate license is required for each additional concurrent user and/or network on which the Materials are used.

The componens within Intel Cluster Studio XE can also be purchased seperately (Intel Composer XE, Inspector, Amplifier with more).

Student and academic licenses are offered seperately.

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