announced new software to help programmers speed up
Linux programs running on Intel Xeon and Pentium 4 processors.
Intel's $699 VTune software lets programmers zero in
on the parts of a software package that consume large
amounts of computing resources such as memory. A Windows
version of VTune could remotely monitor Linux programs,
but customers had asked Intel for a native version that
would run directly on Linux computers, Intel spokesman
Scott McLaughlin said.
While much of Intel's business is closely tied to Microsoft,
the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker has been boosting
the fortunes of the Linux operating system as well.
In 1998, Intel became one of the first computing industry
investors in Linux seller Red Hat. Intel also has released
Linux programming tools, has funded work to build Linux
support for new chip features, and has put money behind
the Open Source Development Lab to improve Linux on
The Linux version of VTune, available in February, lags
its Windows cousin in some ways. The Windows version
has a graphical interface, works with more versions
of Linux, and can monitor software running on Itanium
processors. The Linux version will support Itanium computers
later this year, McLaughlin said.
Intel's VTune software works with several versions of
Red Hat's Linux. Intel is planning a test version later
this quarter that will work with Linux from SuSE and
its UnitedLinux business partners.
Intel also released open-source software that lets VTune
be used on other versions and on customized versions
of Linux such as test versions. Intel
plans to show its VTune Linux version at the LinuxWorld
Conference and Expo in New York.