Intel® Architecture Platform Terminology for Development Tools

Intel® compilers and libraries support three platforms: general combinations of processor architecture and operating system type. This section explains the terms that Intel uses to describe the platforms in its documentation, installation procedures and support site.  Note: not all Intel software development tools support all three platforms.

IA-32 Architecture refers to systems based on 32-bit processors generally compatible with the Intel Pentium® II processor, (for example, Intel® Pentium® 4 processor or Intel® Xeon® processor), or processors from other manufacturers supporting the same instruction set, running a 32-bit operating system.

Intel® 64 Architecture (formerly Intel® EM64T) refers to systems based on IA-32 architecture processors which have 64-bit architectural extensions, (for example, Intel® Core™ architecture processors, running a 64-bit operating system such as Microsoft Windows 8* x64 or a Linux* "x86_64" variant. If the system is running a 32-bit  operating system, then IA-32 architecture applies instead. Systems based on AMD* processors running a 64-bit operating system are also supported by Intel compilers for Intel® 64 architecture applications.

64-bit computing on Intel architecture requires a computer system with a processor, chipset, BIOS, operating system, device drivers and applications enabled for Intel® 64 architecture. Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software configurations. Consult with your system vendor for more information.

IA-64 Architecture refers to systems based on the Intel® Itanium® processor running a 64-bit operating system.

For more complete information about compiler optimizations, see our Optimization Notice.


Sergey Kostrov's picture

>>...expect to see short links disappear from the release notes...
Thanks, Steve.

Steve Lionel (Intel)'s picture

Yes, it is also used there. Are you not familiar with link shorteners? Intel, like many companies, has its own short domain which it uses with the service for links on If it would make you happier, I can give this link a custom name. I used the short link because the long links to these pages tended to overflow lines in the release notes.

I'll also comment that for a long time we were under instruction to not make those links "live" except for specific, top-level pages, but I raised the issue with the appropriate people, pointing out that PDF readers tended to make them live anyway, so you should expect to see short links disappear from the release notes to be replaced with normal-looking links.

Sergey Kostrov's picture

No. It simply looks a little bit strange and that strange link is used in Intel Parallel Studio XE 2013 Release Notes ( pdf files ).

Steve Lionel (Intel)'s picture

Yes - I created an (really shortcut for this page which is referenced in the compiler release notes under System Requirements. Is there a problem?

Sergey Kostrov's picture

Interesting, if I enter in IE then I get to that page.

anonymous's picture

I am interested in the Intel Visual Fortran compiler (Prof).
My PC runs Windows 7 64-bit
CPU: Intel Core (TM) i7 860@2.8GHz 2.8 GHz

Is my PC compatible with the compiler?

Thanks very much for your advice!

Udo Schroeder

Steve Lionel (Intel)'s picture


Yes, it is. Your system is what we call "Intel 64". If you will be installing Visual Studio 2005 or 2008 separately, rather than using the one included, please read the Fortran release notes for instructions on how to configure Visual Studio for 64-bit development.

vpartida's picture

I want to buy Intel® Visual Fortran Compiler Professional Edition with IMSL* for Windows. I ask you if is compatible with Windows 7 64 bit and a processor INTEL core ci3 530

Best wishes

Virgilio Partida

Steve Lionel (Intel)'s picture

Dan, please use the user forum to ask support-type questions.

Intel Visual Fortran does not yet support Visual Studio 2010. We plan to support it as soon as possible after the retail availability, which Microsoft says will be in April.

Dan Rak's picture

Previous comment/question should have ended the question as:
"just like it recognizes the Visual Studio 2008?"


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