Platform Computing acquires Scali MPI business

5 August 2008

Platform Computing, the global leader in High Performance Computing (HPC) management software, announced today it has acquired the Scali MPI business from Norway-based Scali AS. MPI is an industry standard API specification for building high performance parallel applications. Scali MPI Connect ™ is a fully integrated implementation of the MPI standard and is well established across many industries. Scali MPI is widely known for its easy of use and robustness and has consistently shown to deliver top performance in large and demanding HPC applications in industries such as Electronics, Oil and Gas, Industrial Manufacturing, Government & Research, Education, Life Sciences and Financial Services. As part of the purchase agreement, Platform has retained research and development personnel and will continue to sell, support, and enhance Scali MPI under the Platform MPI brand. This acquisition supports Platform’s strategic direction to be the partner of choice and leading provider of HPC management software.

Platform MPI will exist within the Platform Accelerate suite of market-leading products, which includes Platform LSF and Platform Symphony. This additional offering supports Platform’s strategy to continue providing customers with the highest performing enterprise-scale solutions. The Scali MPI acquisition follows the 2007 purchase of Scali Manage which provided Platform with a world-class cluster management solution. Integrating Scali MPI with Platform LSF, Platform will further expand its tradition of delivering leading-edge technology to meet customer and industry demands.

"The acquisition of Scali MPI enables Platform to further enhance its HPC stack offering with a best of breed MPI solution. It’s another important step towards Platform’s vision to expand our product offerings and to redefine the HPC market by providing a common integrated HPC management stack for heterogeneous computing environments," said Songnian Zhou, CEO, Platform Computing. "With 16 years of market leadership, Platform Computing has strived to meet the highest customer and industry demands. Platform MPI is a natural addition to the Platform Accelerate Suite that will easily and affordably maximise the performance of HPC applications."

“HPC users are growing their data centers at a very high rate, over 20% a year for the last four years. At the same time, they have a number of pain points achieving full performance from their clusters and difficulty in managing their clusters,” said Earl C. Joseph, Vice President, High Performance Systems, IDC. “Combining Scali MPI with Platform's HPC management software will help to address these critical customer pain points.”

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