New Intel software to help multithreaded coding

Intel plans
to release
its Threading Building Blocks development tools today,
CNet reports. A beta
of the tools already ran from late March through early June, but Intel
now plans to release the final version into the wild. Intel Threading
Building Blocks is, in Intel’s words, a C++ template-based runtime
library that lets developers do the following:

  • Specify parallelism in [applications] instead of low-level threading
    details

  • Emphasize scalable parallel programming
  • Take advantage of pre-built and tested parallel constructs

In short, Intel Threading Building Blocks is meant to help simplify and
speed up development of multithreaded software that can take advantage
of dual- and multi-core processors (and, of course, multi-processor
systems.) This library will complement other
Intel tools
that share a similar purpose, including Intel Thread
Checker 3.0 and Intel Thread Profiler 3.0. Intel expects 70% of its
processors to be multi-core by the end of the year, so the company
is encoraging developers to optimize or re-write their
software with multithreading in mind.

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