PeakStream mystery: check Google's left pocket

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Reuters is carrying a story from Google that they’re the ones who picked up PeakStream (which makes Chris Aycock right)

Google Inc. said on Tuesday it has acquired PeakStream Inc., a maker of software for running powerful computers, as the Web search leader seeks ever more computer power.

The Register evidently scooped everyone with the news yesterday evening.

…PeakStream had developed tools that improve the performance of single-threaded applications on multi-core chips. Such tools should prove useful to coders who don’t want to deal with complex, parallel code but do want to take advantage of performance gains delivered via products such as GPGPUs (general purpose GPUs) from Nvidia and AMD/ATI and even multi-core x86 processors.

“We believe the PeakStream team’s broad technical expertise can help build products and features that will benefit our users,” Google said in a statement. “We look forward to providing them with additional resources as they continue developing high performance applications for modern multi-core systems.”


  1. […] Tabor Research’s Addison Snell and Chris Willard have an article on the TR site about what the Google/PeakStream acquisition might reveal about the HPC industry. It’s an increasingly common pattern in HPC. A small company bursts onto the scene with an innovative technology that improves productivity for a category of applications. Seeking to lock out competitors by tying up the boost in price/performance for itself, an HPC behemoth wades in and snaps it up in one bite. The democratization of technology has fueled this trend, and Tabor Research expects it to continue to accelerate. Recently it became PeakStream’s turn. […]

  2. […] from our community get gobbled up before only to disappear or face an uncertain future (see Google buys PeakStream and Microsoft buys Interactive Supercomputing). Despite my pestering, all I could get from the […]