Compilers at the Centre for Advanced Computing
This is an introduction to the Fortran, C, and C++ compilers used on our clusters and servers. It is meant to give the user a basic idea about the usage of the compilers and about code optimization options.
We are currently supporting two Compiler Suites on the Linux platform:
module load intel/2017.5
The last command replaces the default 2016.4 version of the Intel compilers with the newer 2017.5 version. This also "re-loads" all the dependencies an reports on it.
Compiling and Linking
Compiling and linking is best done with a makefile. Here are a few common flags. Consult man pages for specific details (for instance "man gcc").
compiler -c [options] name.ext
where "compiler" stands for the compiler name, for instance "gfortran" for the GNU Fortran compiler. The file extension "ext" determines what source code is being compiled, for instance "f" means "fixed format" Fortran, f90 means "free format" Fortran (90), or "c" stands for C. "[options]" denotes additional compiler flags that usually start with a '-'.
compiler -o name [options] [libraries] list
"compiler" see above. "name" is the name of the executable (if not specified, the default is "a.out". [options] see above. [libraries] is a list of libraries that need to be linked in, usually as a list of file names with full path, or as '-L' and '-l' combinations [see below]. "list" means a list of object files, usually with ".o" extension.
Using the compilers and the linker in the above manner requires the proper setting of the PATH environment variable, i.e. prior set-up.
Options / flags
There are hundreds of compiler flags, and many of them are not required most of the time. A few that are in more frequent use are:
There are many more flags. They are documented in the man pages (e.g. "man ifort" for the Intel Fortran compiler), as well in the documentation for the compiler. Some compiler flags are only useful for parallel programs and will be discussed later.
The best way to get a quick list of compiler options is to use the "man pages". Just type "man compiler" where "compiler" stands for the name of the compiler you want to use, and get a long explanation of all the relevant options. This is not very user-friendly, but great for a quick look-up.