The Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2016 Beta program has just begun. We welcome you to participate. For the new features and improvements, you can find them under "Change History" section in the Intel C++ Compiler Release Notes:
For more details and information about this beta program, check out the Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2016 Beta page, which includes additional information in the FAQ and What’s New documents.
As a Beta tester, you’ll be expected to provide feedback to our development teams via Beta surveys and submissions at Intel® Premier Support.
If it's just a simple question on the Intel C++ compiler, you can just post the question at this forum: https://software.intel.com/en-us/forums/intel-c-compiler.
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Hope this helps.
Are you interested in performance comparisons vs MSVC++?
I have some template- and intrinsic-heavy code which performed poorly with XE 2015 compared to the Microsoft VS2013 compiler (as in, 3x slower in some cases), mostly seemed to be down to the MS compiler being able to do more efficient scheduling and register allocation for some dense AVX code.
Would be happy to run some tests & share sources with your engineers if it's of interest.
> Are you interested in performance comparisons vs MSVC++?
Yes, that'll be great. What would be good is for you open an issue in Intel Premier Support at https://premier.intel.com and attach the files there (content is secure)? And support engineers can communicate with you there as well and get any more information as need as well. Appreciate your feedback and look forward to you filing an issue in premier support with tests attached to the issue, thanks