Intel Acquisition In Line With Clusters

Intel confirmed Thursday that it is acquiring some high-performance computing (HPC) assets of a German-based software maker.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip making giant said it has inked a deal to acquire the HPC properties from Pallas GmbH, which makes software tools such as Vampir and Vampirtrace. The software analyzes parallel applications for distributed-memory platforms. The company said it is currently working on support for shared-memory models and SMP systems.

The two companies have worked together in the past, but the acquisition is significant for Intel considering four of the top five supercomputers in the Top 500 supercomputer list use Pallas’ software including the largest Linux supercomputing cluster — the MCR Linux Cluster running Xeon 2.4 GHz processors at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California.

Financial terms of the deal were not discussed. Intel spokesperson Scott McLaughlin said the deal was signed in August but should be finalized in early September because the transaction had to go through a standard German securities review. About 23 Pallas employees will join Intel but keep their digs in Bruehl, Germany.

“We’re pretty excited about this because we have had increasing success in the HPC market. The tools and especially the people expertise is going to help continue that,” McLaughlin told

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