Sun Studio 12 FAQ

Sun Studio 12 General Questions
  1. What is the name of the product?
  2. What is in Sun Studio 12 software and why should I care about it?
  3. What about pricing?
  4. What platforms are supported?
  5. Can I install Sun Studio 12 software over an older product like Sun Studio 11 software?
  6. How do I start the IDE?
  7. What about the Linux version?
  8. What are these new Sun Developer Support Plan offerings for Sun Studio 12 software?
  9. When will the Sun Studio 12 software Media Kits be orderable and when will they ship?
  10. What versions of Sun Studio are still orderable?

1.
Q:
What is the name of the product?
A:
Sun Studio 12 software is the latest version of our world class compilers and performance tools designed for the C, C++ and Fortran developer communities. It is the latest in the long history of tools previously named Sun WorkShop software, Forte Developer software, and Sun ONE Studio software.

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2.
Q:
What is in Sun Studio 12 software and why should I care about it?
A:
Sun Studio 12 delivers great new optimizations and features:
  • Record-setting performance with Optimizing C, C++, and Fortran Compilers.
  • Maximize performance throughput with the newest multi-core UltraSPARC and x64/x86-based systems.
  • Sun compilers for the Linux OS.
  • Enhanced support of the OpenMP v2.5 API and Thread analysis tools to quickly identify tricky multithreading issues, including data races and deadlocks.
  • Compiler auto-parallelization of single-threaded code.
  • Dataspace profiling on UltraSPARC systems, which provide unique views in to the performance costs associated with application memory references.
  • Increase in the addressability of larger data sets with the Solaris OS on x64 systems.

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3.
Q:
What about pricing?
A:
Sun Studio 12 software is freely available for unrestriced usage.

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4.
Q:
What platforms are supported?
A:
This product is supported on Solaris SPARC and x86/x64 platforms including AMD Opteron 32-bit and 64-bit processors.

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5.
Q:
Can I install Sun Studio 12 software over an older product like Sun Studio 11 software?
A:
No. You must install Sun Studio 12 software in a different directory.

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6.
Q:
How do I start the IDE?
A:
You start the Sun Studio 12 IDE with the sunstudio command. For more information, see the sunstudio(1) man page.

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7.
Q:
What about the Linux version?
A:
This release delivers full support, including Sun compilers on the Linux OS.

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8.
Q:
What are these Sun Developer Support Plan offerings for Sun Studio 12 software?
A:
Sun offers a tiered set of support services for Sun Studio 12 software that ranges from single incident to comprehensive developer plans. Additionally, a broad portfolio of training and certification offerings are available to help developers enhance their skill sets and take advantage of cutting-edge technologies.

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9.
Q:
When will the Sun Studio 12 software Media Kits be orderable and when will they ship?
A:
The Media Kits were orderable in June 2007 and began shipping in October 2007. They are available in English, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. The downloadable multilanguage version also became available in October 2007.

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10.
Q:
What versions of Sun Studio are still orderable?
A:
Sun Studio 9 has been EOLed with the release of Sun Studio 12 but will still be orderable until August 22, 2007. Sun Studio 10 and Sun Studio 11 are still orderable.

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