News : Intel oneAPI

15th April 2024 : oneAPI 2024.1

Amendments have been made to WiDE and the supplied compile/link command procedures on Windows and Linux in the Winteracter 16.0a update to cope with Intel Fortran Compiler Classic ("ifort") related issues created by Intel in their recent oneAPI 2024.1 release. In particular, the Windows version of WiDE 16.0a successfully locates the ifort compiler when using oneAPI 2024.1. Additionally, both the Windows and Linux versions of WiDE automatically suppress the highly repetitive deprecation warnings which are newly generated by ifort, as of the oneAPI 2024.1 update.

Users of the ifx compiler are not affected by the issues described above.

Winteracter 16.0 licence holders are strongly encouraged to update, before using the version of ifort supplied with oneAPI 2024.1. Holders of licences for earlier Winteracter versions need to upgrade to the current release, before using the oneAPI 2024.1 ifort with WiDE.

11th December 2023 : oneAPI 2024

The Windows and Linux versions of Winteracter version 15.0 have been tested with both the Fortran compilers included with the 2024 release of the Intel oneAPI HPC Toolkit. The v15.0 library appears to be compatible with ifort (2021.11.0) and ifx (2024.0.0), on both platforms. On Windows, WiDE has been revised in the 15.0f update, to cope with Intel's reorganisation of the compiler's directory structure. Users of the Windows version should therefore download and install the latest Winteracter update, before using WiDE with oneAPI 2024.

As announced previously by Intel, there is no Mac version of oneAPI, as of the 2024 release.

A reminder to all customers that Winteracter 15.0 is required, if you intend to use Intel oneAPI 2023 or 2024. Earlier Winteracter versions are compatible with Intel Fortran versions up to and including Intel oneAPI 2022.

5th January 2023 (updated 18/September/2023) : oneAPI 2023

The Windows and Linux versions of Winteracter version 15.0 have been tested with both the Fortran compilers included with the 2023 release of the Intel oneAPI HPC Toolkit. Each of ifort (2021.8.0) and ifx (2023.0.0) appear to be compatible with v15.0, on both platforms. The Mac version has also been successfully tested with the latest ifort on macOS (there is no ifx compiler on the Mac).

27th June 2022 : Installation Advice

Users who are not yet familiar with Intel oneAPI should note that the Intel Fortran Compiler Classic (ifort) and Intel Fortran Compiler (ifx) form part of the Intel oneAPI HPC Toolkit. On Windows, Visual Studio (2017, 2019 or 2022) must also be installed. These components are available free of charge. Most of the components of the oneAPI Toolkit are not required for Winteracter development. While Intel's documentation and installer suggest that the HPC toolkit also requires installation of the oneAPI Base Toolkit, the Fortran compiler can in fact be installed in isolation. Select the "Customize" option when installing the oneAPI HPC Toolkit, to select the required sub-components. Only the "Intel Fortran Compiler & Intel Fortran Compiler Classic" option need be installed, to build Winteracter based applications. This avoids wasting double-digit gigabytes of disk space.

19th April 2022 (updated 18/September/2023) : Version 15.0 and ifx

Winteracter version 15.0 adds support for the Intel ifx LLVM-based Fortran compiler, which also forms part of the Intel oneAPI HPC Toolkit. Somewhat confusingly, ifx is now the "Intel Fortran Compiler" (i.e. the name previously used for the "ifort" compiler). The ifx compiler can be used to create 64-bit applications on Windows and Linux.

Note: As of 15.0e, WiDE now includes an additional C/C++ compiler option for Intel's "icx", on Windows and Linux, to complement the corresponding ifx Fortran compiler option.

9th March 2022 : Intel Fortran Compiler Classic 2021.5

As of 14.10e, Intel Fortran Compiler Classic 2021.5, as supplied with Intel oneAPI 2022, has been successfully tested. No changes were required to Winteracter for this compiler release.

21st December 2020 : oneAPI 2021

The newly released Intel Fortran Compiler Classic 2021.1, which forms part of the Intel oneAPI Toolkit, has been successfully tested with the current Winteracter release (v14) on all of Windows, Linux and Mac. The "Classic" compiler is a rebranded version of the ifort compiler, previously known as "Intel Visual Fortran" (Windows) or "Intel Fortran" (Linux/Mac). The compiler functions as previously, so far as Winteracter is concerned.

The following minor changes were made in the 14.0b update to improve oneAPI compatibility:

  • Automatic compiler location detection in the Windows version of WiDE has been tweaked to find renamed Intel compiler runtime library directories, ensuring successful linking without the need for additional external configuration.
  • Invocation of the Intel-modified GNU debugger in WiDE has been amended to cope with a change of name on Linux and its absence from the Mac oneAPI.
  • The Windows Intel Fortran compiler configuration dialog in WiDE has been slightly reworked to show the full compiler name/version strings, rather than just their internal version number. This copes with Intel's inconsistent numbering of the "Classic" compiler, which is numbered "19.2" internally, but referred to as "2021.1" externally.
  • Documentation has been reworked to generalise references to Intel Fortran, particularly on Windows, to reflect compatibility with ifort across its different brandings.

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