New open source compiler on the way

Some interesting news overnight, the company PathScale have announced their EKOPath4 compiler will be released under open source licenses:

PathScale announced today that the EKOPath 4 Compiler Suite is now available as an open source project and free download for Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. This release includes documentation and the complete development stack, including compiler, debugger, assembler, runtimes and standard libraries. EKOPath is the product of years of ongoing development, representing one of the industries highest performance Intel 64 and AMD C, C++ and Fortran compilers.

This is the compiler that, when first launched, the company said that if another compiler generated faster code then you should submit a bug report to get it fixed. 🙂

In conversation on the Beowulf list I asked about the licenses and the code and their CTO replied, saying:

Main compiler is GPLv3, v2+ and LGPL – Other parts are a mix of permissive licenses.

and that the code itself was going to be available from the PathScale GitHub account, alongside their existing open source projects.