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Google buys PeakStream - programming tool maker

Posted on Wednesday, June 06 2007 @ 14:15:14 CEST by

Google is acquiring companies almost every week, it seems. Today the search giant announced they've acquired PeakStream, a startup which sells tools for writing software that can take advantage of multi-core CPUs and GPUs.

Google is probably interested in this firm to improve the efficiency of their servers.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition was first reported Tuesday by The Register, and The Wall Street Journal confirmed the news.

Newer computers contain advanced processors, but it's often a challenge to write software that can unlock that power. PeakStream and competitor RapidMind are working on just that problem.

Software is most often designed to run in a linear fashion on a single processing core, but multicore chips can handle two or more tasks simultaneously. At the same time, graphics chips are increasingly suited not just for drawing elaborate videogame scenes or architectural renderings, but also general-purpose programming as well.

And ordinary computers can be spruced up with gaming chips such as the Cell Broadband Engine chip co-developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba. Such programming tasks are difficult; IBM released a research project called Octopiler to try to make programming Cell easier, for example.
Source: CNET.



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