I've a question on Intel Fortran compiler versions and am hoping for a response from the Intel staff who follow this forum.
I currently use Intel(R) Visual Fortran Composer XE 2011 Update 8 Integration for Microsoft Visual Studio* 2010. The build logs show Intel(R) Visual Fortran Compiler XE 126.96.36.1998. It appears there have been several compiler updates since my purchase; Composer XE 2013 seems to be the latest version.
My questions are:
* does Intel plan a new Fortran compiler version every year? I see Intel lists 2011, 2011 Update, 2012, and 2013 on their support website which is a rather high frequency of releases with at least one update a year.
* if one is not looking for support renewal but is instead only seeking compiler software update, is there a way to upgrade the compiler version without having to pay hundreds of dollars each time (Intel website quotes $599 for upgrading to 2013 but that includes support renewal)?
I am looking for Fortran 2003 and 2008 features, but these are only getting implemented incrementally and my organization cannot afford to pay for each upgrade.