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Compilers

The default development environment on Stallo is provided by Intel Cluster Studio XE. In general users are advised to use the Intel compilers and MKL performance libraries, since they usually give the best performance.

Fortran compilers

The recommended Fortran compiler is the Intel Fortran Compiler: ifort. The gfortran compiler is also installed, but we do not recommend it for general usage.

Usage of the Intel ifort compiler

For plain Fortran codes (all Fortran standards) the general form for usage of the Intel ifort compiler is as follows:

$ ifort [options] file1 [file2 ...]

where options represents zero or more compiler options, and fileN is a Fortran source (.f .for .ftn .f90 .fpp .F .FOR .F90 .i .i90), assembly (.s .S), object (.o), static library (.a), or an other linkable file. Commonly used options may be placed in the ifort.cfg file.

The form above also applies for Fortran codes parallelized with OpenMP (www.openmp.org, Wikipedia); you only have to select the necessary compiler options for OpenMP.

For Fortran codes parallelized with MPI the general form is quite similar:

$ mpif90 [options] file1 [file2 ...]

The wrapper mpif90 is using the Intel ifort compiler and invokes all the necessary MPI machinery automatically for you. Therefore, everything else is the same for compiling MPI codes as for compiling plain Fortran codes.

C and C++ compilers

The recommended C and C++ compilers are the Intel Compilers; icc (C) and icpc (C++). The gcc and g++ compilers are also installed, but we do not recommend them for general usage due to performance issues.

Usage of the Intel C/C++ compilers

For plain C/C++ codes the general form for usage of the Intel icc/icpc compilers are as follows:

$ icc  [options] file1 [file2 ...]  # for C
$ icpc [options] file1 [file2 ...]  # for C++

where options represents zero or more compiler options, fileN is a C/C++ source (.C .c .cc .cpp .cxx .c++ .i .ii), assembly (.s .S), object (.o), static library (.a), or other linkable file. Commonly used options may be placed in the icc.cfg file (C) or the icpc.cfg (C++).

The form above also applies for C/C++ codes parallelized with OpenMP (www.openmp.org, Wikipedia); you only have to select the necessary compiler options for OpenMP.

For C/C++ codes parallelized with MPI the general form is quite similar:

$ mpicc [options] file1 [file2 ...]  # for C when using OpenMPI
$ mpiCC [options] file1 [file2 ...]  # For C++ when using OpenMPI

Both mpicc and mpiCC are using the Intel compilers, they are just wrappers that invoke all the necessary MPI machinery automatically for you. Therefore, everything else is the same for compiling MPI codes as for compiling plain C/C++ codes.