Intel® Parallel Studio XE Release Notes and New Features

By James T., Published: 08/31/2017, Last Updated: 04/02/2020

This page provides the current Release Notes for Intel® Parallel Studio XE. The notes are categorized by year, from newest to oldest, with individual releases listed within each year.

Click a version to expand it into a summary of new features and changes in that version since the last release, and access the download buttons for the detailed release notes, which include important information, such as pre-requisites, software compatibility, installation instructions, and known issues.
 
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Intel® Parallel Studio XE Supported and Unsupported Product Versions.
For questions or technical support, visit Intel® Software Developer Support.

2020

Update 1

English Release Notes

Overview:

  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2020 Update 1 includes functional and security updates.  Users should update to the latest version.
  • After the initial release of Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2020 Update 1 build 085 we found a bug in our installer. It affects only the installer. We republished Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2020 Update 1 for Windows* with a new package, build 086. Intel® Software Manager (ISM) for Windows will detect this and alert you to a new update. Updating is optional, as other than the installer builds 085 and 086 are identical. You may wish to install the newer build 086 so that ISM will not alert you about this update again in the future. We apologize for the inconvenience and redundant notices in ISM.
  • Intel® IMPI:
    • Implemented dynamic processes support in OFI/mlx provider
    • Added PMI2 support
  • Intel® Math Kernel Library: ScaLAPACK introduced distributed nonsymmetric eigensolver functionality
  • Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library: New algorithms implemented: Elastic Net and Probabilistic classification for Decision Forest
  • Intel® Advisor:
    • Integrated Roofline feature preview added First Bottleneck visualization and single kernel view and guidance
    • Advisor Python* API support moved to Python 3
  • Intel® VTune™ Profiler: Microarchitecture Exploration analysis is now supported on Intel processors formerly code-named Icelake.
Initial Release

English Release Notes Japanese Release Notes

Overview:

  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2020 includes functional and security updates.  Users should update to the latest version.
  • Accelerate Artificial Intelligence inferencing with development support for the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors with Intel® Deep Learning Boost.
  • Expanded cloud support - Execute HPC jobs in the cloud with Intel® MPI Lbirary support of AWS's Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA) for low latency and high bandwidth and support for Amazon Linux 2 OS.
  • Expanded standards support for Fortran 2018 and full C++17.

2019

Update 6

English Release Notes

Overview:

  • Update 6 is for Composer Edition ONLY: No Professional Edition or Cluster Edition releases for this update
  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2019 Update 6 Composer Edition is a compiler bug fix update only.  Users may update to the latest version but it is not required. The bug fix was minor.
Update 5

English Release Notes

Overview:

  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2019 Update 5 includes functional and security updates.  Users should update to the latest version.
  • Simplified configuration of a Windows*-to-Linux* remote collection in Intel® VTune™ Amplifier.
  • Added support for AWS* EFA (Elastic Fabric Adapter) in Intel® MPI Library.
  • Added transparent Singularity* (3.0+) container support without need for external mpirun or process manager in Intel® MPI Library.
Update 4

English Release NotesJapanese Release Notes

Overview:

  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2019 Update 4 includes certain functional and security updates. Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2019 Update 5 is targeted to be released in September 2019 and will include additional functional and security updates.  Customers should update to the latest version as it becomes available.
  • The Intel® Compilers released two builds for Update 4. The initial Update 4 build and release, “Update 4 initial (removed)”, was an early release for Microsoft Visual Studio* 2019 integration and support. All other users should use the default Update 4 release compilers. See the compiler Release Notes for more details on these two compiler releases for more information.
  • The Intel® Software License Manager has been updated to version 2.9 for this release.  You must upgrade to this version before installing Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2019 Update 4 with a floating license.
  • Added support for Microsoft* Visual Studio 2019.
  • Intel® Math Kernel Library functions LAPACK, ScaLAPACK and FFT deliver performance improvements through instruction set and threading optimizations
  • GNU* Debugger updated to version 8.2.1 with additional functionality for function entry points, breakpoints and more.
  • Intel®  VTune™ Amplifier adds new hardware event support and enhanced memory analysis to design and optimize support for Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory and 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors (code name Cascade Lake)
  • Intel®  Advisor improved user interface for roofline summary pane, added roofline guidance as a preview feature and added analysis support for AVX-512 vector neural network instructions
  • Intel®  Inspector memory checker analysis improved to reduce false positive diagnostics
  • Intel® MPI Library increases flexibility by adding application runtime auto tuning and additional improvements for communication algorithms
  • Intel® MPI Benchmarks add features to get more stable benchmark results and adds additional benchmark for reductions
  • Intel® Cluster Checker adds support for Intel® Select Solutions for Simulation and Modeling and checking for Intel® Optane DC Persistent Memory configurations
Update 3

English Release Notes

Overview:

  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2019 Update 3 includes functional and security updates.  Users should update to the latest version.
  • Added strict CNR mode in Intel® Math Kernel Library for bitwise reproducibility on certain functions and certain instruction sets.
  • Extended Roofline Compare feature in Intel® Advisor with automatic matching of dots between results.
  • Added ability to generate HTML-based rank-to-rank communication diagram by message volume in Application Performance Snapshot.
Update 2

English Release Notes

Overview:

  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2019 Update 2 includes functional and security updates. Users should update to the latest version.
Update 1

English Release Notes

Overview:

  • Removed 32-bit content for macOS*.
  • Added new method for installing and upgrading Intel® Distribution for Python*.
  • Japanese localization support.
Initial Release

English Release Notes

Overview:

  • Intel® Distribution for Python* integrated into Intel® Parallel Studio XE.
  • Updated support for new language features in C++17 and Fortran 2018.
  • Intel® MPI Library updated to CH4.

2018

Update 5

English Release Notes

Overview:

  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2018 Update 5 includes functional and security updates.  Users should update to the latest version.
Update 4

English Release Notes

Overview:

  • Fixed security vulnerabilities in the installer.
  • Added support for parallel and vector execution policies in more functions in Parallel STL in the Intel® C/C++ compiler.
  • Improved performance in various functions in Intel® Math Kernel Library.
Update 3

English Release Notes Japanese Release Notes

Overview:

  • Enhanced Roofline Analysis for Intel® Advisor.
  • Improved performance for small problem sizes in certain routines in Intel® Math Kernel Library.
  • Added support for parallel and/or vector execution policies in more algorithms in Intel® C/C++ Compiler.
Update 2

English Release Notes

Overview:

  • Added support for Xcode* 9.2.
  • Faster shared memory communication for collective operations in Intel® MPI Library.
  • Intel® Advisor allows visualization of multiple Roofline analysis results on the same chart to compare performance before and after optimization.
  • Call Intel® Threading Building Blocks from your Python* code with a module for multi-processing numeric computations (in technical preview).
  • Intel® VTune™ Amplifier's Application Performance Snapshot adds new data selection options and pause/resume API support.
Update 1

English Release NotesJapanese Release Notes

Overview:

  • Faster application performance with expanded Intel® Threading Building Blocks (Intel® TBB) threading layer support in Intel® Math Kernel Library SparseSyrk and SpMM routines
  • Easier integration of Intel® Math Kernel Library using pkg-config file
  • Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives now supports 3D data filtering and copying for large images with new platform-aware APIs
  • Improved integration with Microsoft Visual Studio* 2017
  • Application Performance Snapshot now provides a quick performance overview without the need to install a custom driver on Linux
  • Hierarchical Roofline feature of Intel® Advisor simplifies analysis of complex code. Use progressive disclosure to drill in on areas of interest.
  • Intel® MPI Library 2019 Technical Preview for Linux is now available. Try new capabilities for better multi-threaded communications in hybrid programs and reduced latency.
  • Faster analysis of communication imbalances with Intel® Trace Analyzer and Collector
Initial Release

Release Notes

Overview:

  • Speed application performance with Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) for Intel® Xeon® Scalable and Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors.
  • Accelerate MPI applications with Intel® Omni-Path Architecture.
  • Accelerate applications with high-performance Python*.
  • Find high impact, but under optimized loops using Intel® Advisor’s roofline analysis.
  • Quickly spot high payoff opportunities for faster code using Intel® VTune™ Amplifier’s performance snapshot for MPI, CPU, FPU, and memory use. Adds MPICH and Cray support.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest standards and IDEs.
    • Full C++14 and initial C++ 2017 draft.
    • Full Fortran 2008 and initial Fortran 2015 draft.
    • Python 2.7 and 3.6, initial OpenMP 5.0 draft.
    • Microsoft Visual Studio* 2017 integration.

2017

Update 8

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes

Overview

  • Bug fixes in Intel® C/C++ Compiler, Intel® Fortran Compiler, and Intel® MPI Library
Update 7

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes

Overview

  • This update can be installed even if your support service has expired using your existing Serial Number.
  • Intel® C++ Compiler and Intel® Fortran Compiler provide new options to mitigate branch target injection.
  • Intel® VTune™ Amplifier delivers fixes for issues due to recent OS security updates. See this article for more details.
Update 6

Linux*/Windows* Release Notes

Overview

  • Intel® C/C++ Compiler and Intel® Fortran Compiler bug fixes:
    • Fixed compatibility issue with Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.4.
    • Fixed offload issue for Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor (formerly codenamed Knights Corner) on Linux*.
    • Fixed issue with -xhost not working on non-Intel hardware.
Update 5

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes

Overview

  • Added support for Intel® Xeon® processor Scalable family.
  • Disabled evaluation option in the installer. Customers should use an evaluation license file to activate a trial.
Update 4

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes

Overview:

  • Added support for Microsoft Visual Studio* 2017.
  • Added support for installing some libraries from yum, apt, or conda (see this article for more information).
  • Added support for cluster installation on Microsoft Windows Server 2016*.
  • Added support for Xcode* 8.3 (macOS* only).
  • New licenses for distribution:
    • Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL) and Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel® IPP) are distributed under Intel Simplified Software License.
    • Intel® Threading Building Blocks (Intel® TBB) for Linux* and macOS* and Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library (Intel® DAAL) for Linux* and macOS* are distributed under Apache License, Version 2.0.
Update 3

Linux* Release Notes

Overview:

Note: This update release is for Linux* only. Release notes are the same as for 2017 Update 2.

  • Intel®C/C++ and Fortran Compilers add optimizations for the latest Intel® Xeon® processors.
Update 2

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes

Overview:

  • All components updated to current versions.
  • Migration to SHA-256 digital signatures on Linux*.
Update 1

Linux*/Windows* English Release NotesLinux*/Windows* Japanese Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes

Overview:

  • All components updated to current versions.
  • Addition of Japanese localization for online tutorials and documentation.
  • General improvements to all components in terms of stability, performance, and bug fixes for latest Intel® Architectures.
  • Default installation includes components for 32-bit targets on Linux*.
Initial Release

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes

Overview:

  • All components updated to current versions.
  • Installation performance improvements to Windows*.
  • All components have added support for the latest Intel® Architectures.

2016

Update 5

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesOS X* Release Notes

Overview

  • This update can be installed even if your support service has expired using your existing Serial Number. However, we encourage you to upgrade to the latest 2018 version of the tools available.
  • Intel® C++ Compiler and Intel® Fortran Compiler provide new options to mitigate branch target injection.
  • Intel® Parallel Studio XE Professional and Cluster Edition users - download and install the Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2016 Update 5 Composer Edition to get the Intel® Compilers 16.0 Update 8.
Update 4

Linux* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes

Overview:

  • All components updated to current versions.
Update 3

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes

Overview:

  • All components updated to current versions.
  • All components have added support for Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor (codename: Knights Landing).
    • Intel® VTune™ Amplifier XE requires an NDA add-on: contact technical support to request access.
  • Added support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015* Update 2.
  • Japanese localization has been updated.
Update 2

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes

Overview:

  • All components updated to current versions.
  • Added support for Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor (codename: Knights Landing) for several components.
  • Added support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015* Update 1 as well as latest distros of Fedora*, Ubuntu*, and Microsoft Windows* 10.
Update 1

Linux*/Windows* English Release NotesLinux*/Windows* Japanese Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes

Overview:

  • All components updated to current versions.
  • Japanese content added to Composer Edition for Linux* and Composer Edition for Windows*.
  • Added support for Intel® Manycore Platform Software Stack (Intel® MPSS) version 3.6 on Windows* and Linux*.
Initial Release

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes

Overview:

  • All components updated to current versions.
  • Added support for:
    • Windows* 10
    • Microsoft Visual Studio 2015*
    • Some components have added support for Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512) instructions for Intel® Many Integrated Core Architecture (Intel® MIC Architecture) used by Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor and coprocessor (code name Knights Landing)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Shell* for Intel® Visual Fortran for Windows* is updated to 2013.
  • Xcode* 6.3.2 now requires explicit acceptance of IDE integration before completing install of IDE integration.
  • Deprecation of the following features:
    • IA-32 host installation support
    • Visual Studio* 2010 support
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 5.0 support
  • Removal of support for the following Operating Systems:
    • Fedora* 20
    • Debian* 6
  • New component: Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library added to all editions.
  • New component: Intel® Cluster Checker added to Cluster Edition for Linux* only.

2015

Update 7

macOS* Release Notes for C/C++macOS* Release Notes for Fortran

Overview:

This update is only for macOS*.

  • Intel® C++ and Fortran Compiler components updated to latest Update 7.
Update 6

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes for C/C++macOS* Release Notes for Fortran

Overview:

  • Intel® C++ and Fortran Compiler components updated to latest Update 6.
  • Install-level and licensing fixes.
Update 5

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes for C/C++macOS* Release Notes for Fortran

Overview:

  • All components updated to current versions.
  • Documentation updates.
Update 4

Windows* Release Notes

Overview:

This update is only for Windows* OS.

  • All components updated to current versions.
  • Documentation updates.
Update 3

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes for C/C++macOS* Release Notes for Fortran

Overview:

  • All components updated to current versions.
  • Documentation updates.
Update 2

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes for C/C++macOS* Release Notes for Fortran

Overview:

  • All components updated to current versions.
Update 1

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes for C/C++macOS* Release Notes for Fortran

Overview:

  • All components updated to current versions.
  • Improved the custom install directory process.
  • OS X* 10.10 now supported.
  • Xcode* 6.0 and 6.1 now supported.
Initial Release

Linux*/Windows* Release NotesmacOS* Release Notes for C/C++macOS* Release Notes for Fortran

Overview:

  • All components updated to current versions.
  • Changes to the directory structure including:
    • Removal of the separate 'icsxe' directory.
    • New links pointing to the latest installed version of the Intelreg; MPI Library and the Intel® Trace Analyzer and Collector.
  • Intel® MPI Library and Intel® Trace Analyzer and Collector have deprecated 32-bit support - click here for more info.
  • The Intel® Debugger is no longer included in Intel® Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition. An Intel-extended version of the GNU* Project Debugger (GDB*) is provided.

 

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