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Upgrading from Compaq Visual Fortran 6.6B

I have a task to upgrade the development environment loaded into a Windows XP ( service pack 2/3 ) Virtual Machine.  The current version of Fortran installed and used is 'Compaq Visual Fortran 6.6B'.  The instructions for building the development environment specify that I need to install Compaq Visual Fortran 6.6B after XP SP2 upgrade, but before XP SP3 upgrade.

After searching around some, I discovered this forum and and I am hoping to gain some insight as to what I need to consider if I want to upgrade from the Compaq compiler to a more modern compiler ( i,e, Intel Visual Fortran ). Currently, I am limited in scope of the changes to environment I can make.  A few more items in my build environment

  • Visual Studio 2010 ( .NET 4.0 )
  • Visual Studio 6.0
  • Visual Studio 2003
  • NUnit 2.3.10
  • NAnt 0.90.3780.0

Is there a particular version of the Intel Visual Fortran compiler I would be limited to based on my environment?

Thanks for any insight!

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Following up a bit.  I can see that the Compaq Fortran Compiler is tied to the instance of Visual Studio 6. I am guessing that I may have to move away from Visual Studio 6.

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Black Belt
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If you are restricted to Windows XP (SP3) and VS2010, the newest compatible version is probably Intel Fortran Composer 2013 SP1, see https://software.intel.com/sites/default/files/managed/05/5b/Release_Notes_F_2013SP1_W_EN-u5.pdf . I have used that combination on a (native, not VM) Windows XP-SP3 PC.

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Appreciate the quick feedback!  I will investigate that today.

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Black Belt Retired Employee
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For your information, if you wanted to use that older version you'd buy a license for the current version and then follow the steps at https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/older-version-product

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Black Belt
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VS2017 has optional components to support XP run-time target, but you would require a newer OS on the build platform.

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Given that I can now upgrade my development VM to Windows 7 and VS2015 I am wondering if this is what I should be looking at:

  • Intel Parallel Studio XE 2018 Composer Edition

I can download a trial at:

 

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Your VM must be a 64-bit version of Windows if you wish to develop using the 2018 compiler. Check the specifications of the VM image with the requirements for the Parallel Studio version to be installed. Details are in the release notes of Parallel Studio.

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Yes, for a trial that is fine. The trial version includes Fortran and C++ - when you purchase if you want only Fortran you can buy the "Composer Edition for Fortran". When you get the license for that it would probably be best to uninstall the trial and install the version you purchased.

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