Using C and Fortran compilers on the HEC

The following compilers are available on the HEC:

  • Intel C/C++;

  • Intel Fortran 77, 90 & 95;

  • PGI (Portland) C/C++; and

  • PGI (Portland) Fortran 77, 90 and 95.

Intel Compilers

To access the Intel Compiler suite, load the intel module:

module add intel

The Intel Compilers (icc for C, icpc for C++ and ifort for Fortran) can now be invoked. A detailed list of the flags for these compilers can be found in the relevant manual pages.

The recommended starting point for generating optimised code is to use the flags:


This will generate code optimised for all the CPU architectures currently available on the HEC.

To improve numerical precision add the flag:

-fp-model precise

Intel support for BLAS, LAPACK, etc - the Math Kernel Library

The current version of the Intel compiler suite features a built-in version of Intel’s Math Kernel Library, offering several popular linear algebra (BLAS and LAPACK), FFT and PDE functions. The recommended compiler flag for linking with the MKL is:


PGI Compilers

Note: NVidia have discontinued support for the old licensed versions of the PGI compiler, so any new software builds should use the NVidia HPC SDK described below. The old pgi modules are retained only to allow backward compatibility with older software built with them.

To access the Portland Group compiler suite, load the nvhpc module:

module add nvhpc

The Portland Compilers (pgcc, pgCC, pgf77, pgf90 and pgf95) can now be invoked. The recommended starting point for optimising code is to add the flag:


PGI support for BLAS, LAPACK, etc

Recent versions of the PGI suite are installed with optimised versions of BLAS and LAPACK based on OpenBLAS. These can be linked via the commands:




Version 14 and earlier of the PGI suite offered BLAS, etc as part of ACML - the AMD Core Math Library - which can be linked using the flags:

-Mcache_align_ -lacml