Intel unveils software-tuning tools

Michael Kanellos Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Michael Kanellos is editor at large at CNET News.com, where he covers hardware, research and development, start-ups and the tech industry overseas.
Michael Kanellos

Intel on Tuesday released its Integrated Performance Primitives 4.0 and Threading Tools 2.0 software kits to developers. The Performance Primitives package features a common library of application programming interfaces (APIs) designed to make it easier for developers to write an application for one class of Intel chips, such as the Pentium desktop chips, and then port it to another family, such as the Xscale handheld chips. The threading tools, meanwhile, allow developers to better exploit hyperthreading, a technology in Intel server and desktop chips that lets them do more than one task at a time.