Intel buys developer of supercomputer software tools

Intel has signed an agreement to purchase the high-performance computing (HPC) division of Pallas GmbH, a German software tool vendor, an Intel spokesman confirmed Thursday.

Financial terms of the agreement were not released, but Intel agreed earlier this month to acquire 23 employees of Pallas and several products used to analyze the performance of HPC clusters running Intel processors, said Scott McLaughlin, an Intel spokesman.

Pallas' tools, such as Vampir and Vampirtrace, are used to make sure that clustered nodes or supercomputers are working efficiently, McLaughlin said. Intel wanted to add the tools to its lineup in order to bolster its chances of winning more HPC cluster deployments, he said. The Santa Clara, California, company has used Pallas' tools in previous supercomputer deployments, and four of the top five supercomputers ranked by the Top 500 list (http://www.top500.org) use software products from Pallas, he said.

The 23 employees of Pallas will be offered jobs with Intel, and will remain at their Bruehl, Germany, location, McLaughlin said. The deal is expected to be completed in early September, he said.

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