The Portland Group

The Portland Group

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The Portland Group, Inc. or PGI is a company producing a set of commercially available Fortran, C and C++ compilers for high-performance computing systems. The Portland Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics.

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The Portland Group was founded as a privately held company in 1989, using compiler technology developed at and acquired from Floating Point Systems, Inc. The first products, pipelining Fortran and C compilers, were released in 1991, targeting the Intel i860 processor. These compilers were used on Intel supercomputers like the iPSC/860, the Touchstone Delta, and the Paragon, and were the compilers of choice for the majority of i860-based platforms.

In the early 1990's PGI was deeply involved in the development of High Performance Fortran, or HPF, a data parallel language extension to Fortran 90 which provides a portable programming interface for a wide variety of architectures. PGI produced an HPF compiler which continues to be available today.

In 1996 PGI developed x86 compilers for the ASCI Red Supercomputer at Sandia National Laboratories, the first computer system to sustain teraflop performance. In 1997 PGI released x86 compilers for general use on Linux workstations.

The Portland Group was acquired by STMicroelectronics in December, 2000, and has continued...
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