Remember way back when PeakStream was acquired by Google? That acquisition was characterized by total silence, and then PeakStream disappeared into the Googleplex to become a competitive advantage for Google’s own code development effort.
We are now part of Intel Corporation, the leader in software development tools for software parallelism and performance. This change is a great development for our customers and for easing the effort in parallel programming. With Intel, our shared vision for enabling parallelism will lead to strengthening our software developer tools for multicore and manycore processors and accelerators. Later this year, we will provide more details about the integration of the RapidMind platform and Intel software products and technologies, including the Intel Ct technology for data parallelism.
We continue to sell the RapidMind platform and we encourage you to contact us to explore your interest in solutions for software parallelism. We respect and strive to preserve and expand the investments our customers have made in our products. You are encouraged to visit the Intel Developer Forum in September 2009 to hear more about Intel software developer tools.
And James Reinders, Intel’s software acquisition bullhorn (he announced the Cilk Arts buy a couple weeks ago too), has this to say on Intel’s software blog
Data Parallelism need not seem like parallelism when writing software. The advantages in avoiding “feeling like you have to learn, or deal with, parallelism” are substantial. Imagine programming, feeling familiar and intuitive, which is scalable for more and more processor cores and has safety by default (safety from data races and deadlock). That’s been our vision for our product using Intel Ct technology. Now we’ve joined up with Rapidmind, people who share our vision.
…We’ve been talking with customers, who are using Rapidmind products, about our plans together and the feedback has been very positive. We have exciting things in store for the future. Our product plans for Intel Ct technology are on track for beta before the end of the year, and the integration with Rapidmind products will come in phases after the first beta is available. This will enable us to offer the best solution our joint team can create.
James also confirms that Intel will continue to sell and support RapidMind as a separate product. So, unlike the very bad omen I felt the PeakStream acquisition was for the community, I think Intel’s move here is on balance positive, and will likely result in more resources and a bigger platform being given to this technology. Congrats to the RapidMind team, by the way.