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NVIDIA buys The Portland Group to spice up its GPGPU technology

Posted on Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 11:10:44 CEST by

NVIDIA announced it has acquired The Portland Group (PGI), a company found in 1989 and specialized in the creation of compilers and tools for HPC computing. Both firms already cooperated in recent years as PGI was the Fortran supplier for NVIDIA's CUDA environment and backer of NVIDIA's OpenACC effort. NVIDIA explains the acquisition will enable them to better align their technology roadmaps and hopefully accelerate GPU computing innovation. On top of that, PGI's expertise will also come in handy for NVIDIA's ARM plans. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
PGI and its exceptionally talented staff will continue to operate under the PGI flag – developing OpenACC, CUDA Fortran and CUDA x86 for multicore x86 and, of course, GPGPUs. And they will continue to serve their wide-range of customers – including chip makers, research labs and HPC computing centers.

Bringing our teams together further cements our strong, established technical partnership in creating developer tools for the accelerated computing revolution. It also strengthens the OpenACC initiative to create an easy on-ramp to parallel computing by joining the world’s top independent provider of OpenACC compilers with the world’s best GPU designers.

Behind every great processor technology stands a great compiler team. Ours just got bigger. And better.



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