AMD, for its part, maintains so far that everything is right on schedule. But if they are involved in what’s going on with supercomputer vendor Cray right now, however, then “on time” is probably not the whole story.
Google acquires PeakStream
Google announced this week that it had acquired PeakStream, Inc. You’ll recall that the company makes development software that turns single threaded software into multi-threaded software ready to run on GPGPUs and multi-core chips (we’ve covered PeakStream before.
The Register argues that this is potentially a big deal for our community, and I agree.
The problem is that the software industry at large (not just the high performance computing segment) is heading for what most agree is a big problem: single threaded software on multi-core processors. Two companies had sprung up to deal with this challenge, RapidMind and PeakStream. It appears with this acquisition that PeakStream is out of the picture for everyone but Google. From The Register’s article
“Our most recent chats with relevant parties confirm that Google has no intentions of selling the PeakStream tools to chip, server or software makers. …In addition, we’re hearing that Google has little more than passing interest in crafting code to run on GPGPUs - the most immediate promise of an independent PeakStream’s technology. Rather, Google ate up the PeakStream talent to develop better multi-threaded code capable of traversing x86 chips.”
This leaves us to hope that RapidMind, or some other startup, can carry the load for the entire industry with tools that matter.
John West summarizes the HPC news headlines every day at insideHPC.com, and writes on leadership and career issues for technology professionals at InfoWorld. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.