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Google's Acquisition of PeakStream

by Addison Snell, Christopher Willard, Ph.D.
for Intersect360 Research (originally published under the Tabor Research name)
Jun 1, 2007

as published in InsideHPC

General Business Supercomputing<br />
Google's Acquisition of PeakStream Provides Evidence of the New HPC


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.

The upstart stream computing company had turned a few heads for its processors’ ability to streamline applications that benefit from data parallel programming strategies. Such strategies can target current advances in multicore processor architectures found on general purpose CPUs, GPUs, or gaming processors. An acquisition was predictable, but few people foresaw who the acquirer would be: Google.

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