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9.1 Overview of Eclipse and Eclipse PTP

Eclipse is an extensible, open-source platform for integrating software development tools. From a user's point of view, Eclipse provides a powerful integrated development environment (IDE) that can help the user be productive throughout each stage of software development. While originally created by IBM as a Java IDE, numerous projects have since added support for many other programming paradigms and languages. One such project is Eclipse CDT (C/C++ Development Tooling), which provides a full-featured environment for developing programs written in C, C++, and related languages.

When CDT is combined with the Eclipse PTP (Parallel Tools Platform) project, the result is a powerful IDE specifically for parallel application development. Additionally, PTP provides support for the integration of various types of parallel tools, including performance tools like PPW.