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In a move that will surely cause some head-scratching, Platform has acquired the intellectual property of the-MPI-previously-known-as-HP-MPI.The head scratching part is that Platform already owns Scali MPI. It’s no secret that they recently moved all Scali development to an engineering team based in China.Both Scali MPI and HP-MPI were (are!) strong individual products. Indeed, HP-MPI had deep/excellent coverage of ISV’s who sell MPI-based software (e.g., oil and gas simulation software packages, manufacturing applications, etc.). The PR directly states that this was a key point in the acquisition. Here’s the interesting bit:

Platform’s plan is to combine the superior performance of its existing MPI technology with HP-MPI’s broad ISV acceptance to create a single, comprehensive and powerful product named Platform MPI.

Since I have no “insider” information on this acquisition, I feel free posit a few speculations:

I don’t really have a crystal ball to know what will happen, but now I know the MPI community will have something to speculate about until the American college football BCS later this fall.The only thing that is certain is that once the dust settles on this acquisition, the field of commercial Linux MPI implementations will have effectively been reduced to just two companies: Platform and Intel.

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