Today ARM announced it has acquired Allinea Software, an industry leader in development and performance analysis tools that maximize the efficiency of software for high performance computing systems. Currently, 80 percent of the world’s top 25 supercomputers use Allinea’s tools, with key customers including the US Department of Energy, NASA, a range of supercomputing national labs and universities, and private companies using HPC systems for their own scientific computation.
As systems and servers grow in complexity, developers in HPC are facing new challenges that require advanced tools designed to enable them to continue to innovate,” said Javier Orensanz, general manager, development solutions group, ARM. “Allinea’s ability to debug and analyze many-node systems is unique, and with this acquisition we are ensuring that this capability remains available to the whole ARM ecosystem, and to the other CPU architectures prevalent in HPC, as well as in future applications such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced data analytics.”
This acquisition further enhances ARM’s long-term growth strategy in HPC and builds on ARM’s recent success with Fujitsu’s 64-bit ARMv8-A powered Post K supercomputer, and the launch of the ARMv8-A Scalable Vector Extension. It follows the announcement that ARMv8-A will be the first alternative architecture with OpenHPC support, and the release of ARM Performance Libraries, which provide ease of software development and portability to ARMv8-A server platforms. As this momentum continues, bringing Allinea’s expertise into ARM will continue to enable partners with access to a comprehensive software tools suite that address increasingly complex system challenges.
“Writing and deploying software that exploits the ever increasing computing power of clusters and supercomputers is a demanding challenge – it needs to run fast, and run right, and that’s exactly what our suite of tools is designed to enable,” said David Lecomber, CEO, Allinea. “As part of ARM, we’ll continue to work with the HPC community, our customers and our partners to advance the development of our cross-platform technology, and take advantage of product synergies between ARM’s compilers, libraries and advisory tools and our existing and future debugging and analysis tools. Our combined expertise and understanding of the challenges this market faces will deliver new solutions to this growing ecosystem.”
Allinea’s unique tools provide developers with the ability to deal with systems with hundreds, thousands (and hundreds of thousands) of cores. The product suite includes the developer tool suite Allinea Forge, which incorporates an application debugger called Allinea DDT and a performance analyzer called Allinea MAP, and an analysis tool for system owners, users and administrators called Allinea Performance Reports.
Allinea will be integrated into the ARM business with all functions and Allinea’s Warwick and Eastleigh locations retained. Allinea’s former CEO David Lecomber will join the ARM development solutions group management team.