|Developer(s)||PathScale Inc., Silicon Graphics, Inc., Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, QLogic Corporation|
|Stable release||4.2.1 / 2008-11-10|
|Operating system||Cross-platform, Linux|
|License||GNU General Public License|
Open64 is an open source, optimizing compiler for the Itanium and x86-64 microprocessor architectures. It derives from the SGI compilers for the MIPS R10000 processor, called MIPSPro. It was released under the GNU GPL in 2000, and now mostly serves as a research platform for compiler and computer architecture research groups. Open64 supports Fortran 77/95 and C/C++, as well as the shared memory programming model OpenMP. It can conduct high-quality interprocedural analysis, data-flow analysis, data dependence analysis, and array region analysis.
Its major components are the frontend for C/C++ (using GCC) and Fortran 77/90 (using the CraySoft front-end and libraries), Interprocedural analysis (IPA), loop nest optimizer (LNO), global optimizer (WOPT), and code generator (CG). Despite being initially written for a single computer architecture, Open64 has proven that it can generate efficient code for CISC, RISC, and VLIW architectures, including MIPS, x86, IA-64, ARM, and others.
A hierarchical intermediate representation (IR) with 5 main levels is used in this compiler to serve as the common interface among all the frontend and backend components. This IR is named WHIRL.
Open64 exists in many forks, each of which has different features and limitations. The "classic" Open64 branch is the Open Research Compiler (ORC), which produces code only for the Itanium (IA64), and was funded by Intel. The ORC effort ended in 2003. Other important branches include QLogic Corporation's PathScale Compiler Suite, a production-quality compiler for x86 and MIPS, and compilers from Tensilica. The current official branch is managed by Hewlett Packard and the University of Delaware. This effort has merged the ORC and QLogic contribution into a single branch. In 2007, QLogic transferred the PathScale group to SiCortex. AMD supports an x86 Open64 Compiler Suite based on the official branch.
The original version of Open64 that was released in 2000 was missing its very advanced software pipelining code generator, and had only a rudimentary code generator for Itanium. The entire original MIPSPro compiler, with this code generator, is available under a commercial license as the Blackbird compiler from Reservoir Labs. The Showdown Paper documents the code generator that is missing from Open64. The very advanced compiler from Tilera, for its 64-core TILE64 chip, is based on Blackbird.
Open64 is also used in a number of research projects, such as the Unified Parallel C (UPC) and speculative multithreading work at various universities. A port for Solaris on x86-64 is also under development.