Monday, August 24, 2009

Intel buys 2 software firms

Intel quietly got hold of two software companies within last 30 days, with aim of development of applications that take better advantage of chips with more than one processing core.

A multicore processor is defined as chip with more than one processing core. As of today almost all Intel chips that go into laptops, desktops, and servers have at least two cores.

The Cilk enables mainstream programmers to develop multithreaded applications. Providing a smooth path to multicore for legacy (older) applications that otherwise cannot easily leverage the performance capabilities of multicore processors,”

Rapidmind was founded five years ago as Serious Hack and grew out of work at the University of Waterloo. It boasts advanced technology for helping software developers with data parallel programming for multicore processors.

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