Intel buys supercomputer software tools firm

Intel has signed an agreement to purchase the high-performance computing division of Pallas, a German software tool company.

Intel has signed an agreement to purchase the high-performance computing division of Pallas, a German software tool company.

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 analyse the performance of high-performance computing clusters running Intel processors.

Pallas's tools, such as Vampir and Vampirtrace, are used to make sure that clustered nodes or supercomputers are working efficiently. Intel wanted to add the tools to its lineup to bolster its chances of winning more high-performance computing cluster deployments.

Intel 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 Pallas software products.

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

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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