Intel® C++ Compiler for Windows* 19.1 Release Notes for Parallel Studio XE 2020

By Varsha Madananth,

Published:04/02/2019   Last Updated:03/30/2020

Intel® C++ Compiler for Windows* 19.1 Release Notes for Parallel Studio XE 2020

This document provides a summary of new and changed product features and includes notes about features and problems not described in the product documentation.

Please see the licenses included in the distribution as well as the Disclaimer and Legal Information section of these release notes for details. Please see the following links for information on this release of the Intel® C++ Compiler 19.1.

Change History

Changes since Intel® C++ Compiler 19.1.2 (New in Intel® C++ Compiler 19.1.3)

  • Not applicable for Windows*

Note: Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2020 Update 3 is available for the Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2020 Composer Edition for C++ Linux*.
This is a Linux-only release: there is no Update 3 release for either Windows* or macOS* operating systems.
In addition, it is only a Composer Edition release: there is no Update 3 release for either Professional or Cluster Editions of Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2020.
There is no update to the Intel® C++ Compilers Redistributable Libraries. The Update 2 versions of these libraries are compatible and should be used.
There is no update for the Intel® Parallel Studio XE Runtime 2020 YUM* and APT* repository packages. Continue to use the Update 2 packages of this runtime.

Changes since Intel® C++ Compiler 19.1.1 (New in Intel® C++ Compiler 19.1.2)

  • Corrections to reported problems.

Changes since Intel® C++ Compiler 19.1 (New in Intel® C++ Compiler 19.1.1)

  • Corrections to reported problems.

Changes since Intel® C++ Compiler 19.0 (New in Intel® C++ Compiler 19.1)

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System Requirements

  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 4GB free disk space for all features
  • Microsoft Windows 10*, or Microsoft Windows Server 2019* , Microsoft Windows Server 2016* [1]
    • Development of "Windows 8 Modern UI" applications is not supported. [2]
  • To use the Microsoft Visual Studio development environment or command-line tools to build IA-32 or Intel® 64 architecture applications, one of:
    • Microsoft Visual Studio 2017* Professional Edition with 'Desktop development with C++' component installed
    • Microsoft Visual Studio 2019* Professional Edition with 'Desktop development with C++' component installed
  • To use command-line tools only to build Intel® 64 architecture applications, one of:
    • Microsoft Windows* Software Development Kit for Windows 10*

Notes

  1. Applications can be run on the same Windows versions as specified above for development. Applications may also run on non-embedded 32-bit versions of Microsoft Windows earlier than Windows XP, though Intel does not test these for compatibility. Your application may depend on a Win32 API routine not present in older versions of Windows. You are responsible for testing application compatibility. You may need to copy certain run-time DLLs onto the target system to run your application.
  2. The Intel® C++ Compiler does not support development of Windows 8* UI apps. We are always interested in your comments and suggestions. For example, if you want to use the Intel® C++ Compiler or other Intel software development capabilities in Windows 8 UI apps, please file a request at Intel® Online Service Center (http://www.intel.com/supporttickets).
  3. To use the Intel® C++ Compiler with Microsoft Visual Studio 2017*, it is necessary to install the 'Desktop developement with C++ component from Visual Studio. This article explains how.
  4. This article explains how to use the Intel® C++ Compiler with Microsoft Visual Studio 2017*,

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How to use the Intel® C++ Compiler

Intel® Parallel studio XE 2020: Getting started with the Intel® C++ Compiler for Windows* at <install-dir>\documentation_2020\en\compiler_c\ps2020\get_started_wc.htm. contains information on how to use the Intel® C++ Compiler from the command line and from Microsoft Visual Studio*.

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Documentation

Product documentation is linked from <install-dir>\documentation_2020\en\compiler_c\ps2020\get_started_wc.htm.

Online Help format in Microsoft Visual Studio*

New help menu items to link to online getting started documents.
Context sensitive help on F1 is not available

Offline Core Documentation Removed from the Installed Image

Offline core documentation is removed from the Intel® Parallel Studio XE installed image. The core documentation for the components of Intel® Parallel Studio XE are available at the Intel® Software Documentation Library for viewing online. You can also download an offline version of the documentation from the Intel® Software Development Products Registration Center: Product List > Intel® Parallel Studio XE Documentation.

Please use the instructions from this article to add Intel® Compiler documentation to your local machine.

Japanese Language Support

Japanese language support is provided with this version of the product.

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Intel-provided debug solutions

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Samples

Product samples are now available online at Intel® Software Product Samples and Tutorials

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Technical Support

If you did not register your compiler during installation, please do so at the Intel® Software Development Products Registration Center at http://registrationcenter.intel.com. Registration entitles you to free technical support, product updates and upgrades for the duration of the support term.

For information about how to find Technical Support, Product Updates, User Forums, FAQs, tips and tricks, and other support information, please visit: http://www.intel.com/software/products/support/
Note: If your distributor provides technical support for this product, please contact them for support rather than Intel.

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New and Changed Features

The following features are new or significantly enhanced in this version. For more information on these features, please refer to the documentation.

New compiler option /Qbranches-within-32B-boundaries[-]

This option is supported in versions 19.0 update 8 of the compiler and above. The details about this option can be found in the Intel® C++ Compiler 19.1 Developer Guide and Reference here.

To find more information, see https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/processors/mitigations-jump-conditional-code-erratum.pdf

Access Intel® C++ Compiler next generation code generator

/Qnextgen compiler option invokes the Intel® C++ Compiler next generation code generator. These options are only available for Windows* or Linux* ICC/ICL/ICPC drivers. This option and functionality is not available for Intel® C++ Compiler for macOS* X.

C++20 features supported

The Intel® C++ Compiler 19.1 supports the following features under the /Qstd=c++20 (Windows*) or -std=c++20 (Linux*/OS X*) options:

  • std::is_constant_evaluated and __builtin_is_constant_evaluated

Features from OpenMP 5.0*

  • IF clause on SIMD directive
  • NONTEMPORAL clause on SIMD directive

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Parallel STL for parallel and vector execution of the C++ STL

Intel(R) C++ Compiler is installed with Parallel STL, an implementation of the C++ standard library algorithms with support for execution policies.

Features/API changes

  • More algorithms support parallel and vector execution policies: find_first_of, is_heap, is_heap_until, replace, replace_if.
  • More algorithms support vector execution policies: remove, remove_if.
  • More algorithms support parallel execution policies: partial_sort.

To learn more, please refer to article https://software.intel.com/en-us/get-started-with-pstl

Support Deprecated

none at this time

Support Removed

Intel® Cilk™ Plus support is removed in 19.1.
This includes the "#pragma simd" directive. Users should replace with the OpenMP SIMD pragma "#pragma omp simd" and it's clauses. Remember to add compiler option "/Qopenmp-simd" or "/Qopenmp". This pragma will be removed in a future release.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2013* and Microsoft Visual Studio 2015* support removed

Microsoft Visual Studio 2013* and Microsoft Visual Studio 2015* are not supported with Intel® Compiler 19.1.

Microsoft Windows 7*, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1*, Windows Server 2012* are not supported

Microsoft Windows 7*, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1*, Windows Server 2012* are not supported with Intel® C++ Compiler 19.1.

The Loop Profiler feature will be removed in future compilers.

The following compiler options related to Loop Profiler are deprecated and will be removed in future compilers

  • /Qprofile-loops=keyword
  • /Qprofile-loops-report=value
  • /Qprofile-functions
  • /Qguide-profile

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Known Limitations

Warning message when running psxevars.bat from Command Prompt.

When running the psxevars.bat script from the Command Prompt to set The compiler environment you will get a warning or error message. This message can be ignored – your environment will work properly after running psxevars.bat. Just ignore the warning messages about “The system cannot find the file specified.”

Ignore it and continue to use the Command Prompt.

Parallel STL

unseq and par_unseq policies only have effect with compilers that support '#pragma omp simd' or '#pragma simd. Parallel and vector execution is only supported for a subset of algorithms if random access iterators are provided, while for the rest execution will remain serial. Depending on a compiler, zip_iterator may not work with unseq and par_unseq policies.

Pointer Checker requires a dynamic runtime library

When using the /Qcheck-pointers option, the runtime library libchkp.dll must be linked in. When using options like /MD with /Qcheck-pointers, be aware that this dynamic library will be linked in regardless of your settings. See the article at http://intel.ly/1jV0eWD for more information.

Intel® Compiler Help Documentation fails to launch from IDE when installed on Japanese version of Windows*

Some multi-pane documents do not display correctly in the Visual Studio* internal browser

There is a limitation of Visual Studio* internal browser that some multi-pane documents do not display correctly, the table of contents appears in the left pane, but the right pane does not display any content.
Workaround: Access the same documentation from the Visual Studio Help menu.

Visual Studio Known Issues

  • User can encounter the issue with freezing of VS2017 during opening projects from file explorer when Intel compiler integration is installed. The workaround is to open project from VS.
  • In mixed ICL/MSVC compilation projects you can face the following problem in VS2017 U4 or older: “The "ConformanceMode" parameter is not supported by the "CL" task. Verify the parameter exists on the task, and it is a settable public instance property.”
    The workaround is to update VS2017 or comment the following line inside two sections in \Common7\IDE\VC\VCTargets\Platforms\ \PlatformToolsets\Intel C++ Compiler 19.0\Toolset.targets file: “ConformanceMode ="%(ClCompile.ConformanceMode)"”
  • MSVCP90D.dll (or other Microsoft runtime DLL) is missing

    There are situations where the sample projects provided (or any Microsoft Visual C++* project potentially) could run into a runtime System Error where the application cannot find a Microsoft Visual Studio* runtime DLL. This is related to manifest files and SXS assemblies potentially missing. The simplest solution is to go to your redist directory for the version of Microsoft Visual Studio* you are using (default location would be c:\program files[ (x86)]\Microsoft Visual Studio X.X\VC\redist). There will be several subdirectories under this location, sorting files out by amd64, x86 or Debug_NonRedist (if you have D in the runtime name, this usually indicates a Debug library found in this folder). Find the appropriate folder that contains the runtime you are looking for, and then copy the entire contents of that folder (including a .manifest file) to the directory where the .exe you are trying to run is located.

Viewing Intel Compiler Documentation in Microsoft Edge* browser on Japanese Windows 10 OS

  • There is an issue when viewing the Intel Compiler Documentation in Microsoft Edge* browser on Japanese Windows 10 OS. The upper left corner [Content][Index][Search] buttons does not work. When clicking on it, it results in blank screen.

  • This issue is being investigated. Please use Internet Explorer to view the Intel Compiler Documentation. To set the default browser to Internet Explorer, google search "how to make Internet Explorer default browser on Windows 10".

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Disclaimer and Legal Information

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