Supercomputer Leader Will Leverage Intellectual Property and Provide a Path Forward for PathScale Customers
SEATTLE, WA, Aug 27, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
it has acquired the PathScale Compiler Suite assets from SiCortex.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cray plans to leverage some of the PathScale intellectual property to
enhance Cray's own compiler offerings over time. The company will
contribute other parts of the PathScale intellectual property to the
open source community through an alliance with NetSyncro.com, an
organization of compiler engineers with strong open source ties.
NetSyncro.com will continue developing the PathScale Compiler Suite,
provide support for users of the software and will rebrand the effort
under the original PathScale name.
"Our main goal for this acquisition was to provide clear direction
for those Cray customers who want to continue using the PathScale
Compiler Suite on Cray supercomputers," said Peter Ungaro, Cray
president and CEO. "We believe turning the PathScale compiler's
future development and customer support over to a new and similar
PathScale organization accomplishes our goal, as it provides a path
forward for PathScale compiler users and helps ensure that the
software will have a robust, open source HPC community around it. We
also expect our own world-class compiler to benefit from some of the
PathScale technology. This is another indicative example of our
strategy to acquire the key technology components necessary to
building a productive, high performance user environment on our
"I cannot express enough gratitude to Cray in helping rebuild
PathScale and giving us this opportunity for the future," said
Christopher Bergstroem, PathScale's new CTO. "Our vision ahead is
bright and optimistic with a focus to continue our position as one of
the highest performing HPC compilers in the industry. As a new member
of the PathScale team I intend to lead the way in building a strong
open source community for PathScale. We believe our solid commitment
to open source will enable the community to thrive by facilitating
collaboration, sharing of knowledge, innovation and research."
"PathScale's EKO compiler suite has been a popular choice in the HPC
community since 2004," said PathScale Engineering Director Fred Chow.
"Our performance stands out amongst the competition and we continue to
raise the standard for the industry. We thank Cray for supporting
PathScale and for fulfilling the engineers' wishes to continue their
work. The new PathScale will focus on improving product delivery,
quality of support, and porting to new platforms to substantially
expand our impact in the open source community. We will also focus
not only on benchmark results, but collaboration with important open
source projects and helping developers tune for performance."
Cray supports three compiler options for the Cray XT(TM) line of
supercomputers: The Portland Group's PGI Server Fortran/C/C++
Compilers and Tools for Linux; the PathScale Compiler Suite, which
includes high-performance 64-bit C, C++ and Fortran compilers for
Linux-based environments; and the Cray Compiler Environment (CCE). The
Portland Group continues to be the primary compiler partner for Cray
systems, with both PathScale and CCE providing a more comprehensive
user environment where required.
Migration paths will be available for all Cray customers, who can
contact their Cray representative for additional information. Non-Cray
customers who use the PathScale compiler should contact the new
PathScale organization directly at http://www.pathscale.com.
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SOURCE: Cray Inc.