Toolserver:Intel compilers


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Getting started
Note: nightshade will be converted to Solaris on January 3rd, 2011, after which the Intel compilers will no longer be available.

This page describes how to use the Intel C, C++ and FORTRAN compilers on the toolserver (on nightshade).


The Intel compilers require a license to use. You can get a free license if you are using it for non-commercial purposes (this includes most toolserver users).

  1. Go to
  2. Click "Intel® C++ Compiler Professional Edition for Linux"
  3. Fill in the form and submit it.
  4. You will be taken to a download page. Don't download anything.
  5. Intel will send you mail with the license file (named *.lic) attached. Create a directory $HOME/intel/licenses/ on nightshade, and copy the file there. The compiler should now work.

Environment setup[edit]

For Bourne shell users (bash, ksh, zsh):

  • Add this line to your shell rc file (e.g. ~/.profile):
 . /opt/intel/cce/10.1.015/bin/
 . /opt/intel/idbe/10.1.015/bin/
 . /opt/intel/fce/10.1.015/bin/

For C shell users (csh, tcsh):

  • Add this line to your shell rc file (e.g. ~/.login):
 source /opt/intel/cce/10.1.015/bin/iccvars.csh
 source /opt/intel/idbe/10.1.015/bin/idbvars.csh
 source /opt/intel/fce/10.1.015/bin/ifortvars.csh

Login again, and test the compiler:

$ icc -V
Intel(R) C Compiler for applications running on Intel(R) 64, Version 10.1    Build 20080312 Package ID: l_cc_p_10.1.015


The C compiler is icc:

$ icc myprogram.c -o myprogram

The C++ compiler is icpc:

$ icpc -o myprogram

The FORTRAN compiler is ifort:

$ ifort myprogram.f90 -o myprogram