ARM has acquired Allinea Software – a provider of development and performance analysis tools that would maximize the efficiency of software for high performance computing (HPC) systems. Currently, 80 percent of the world’s top 25 supercomputers use Allinea’s tools, with key customers including the US Department of Energy, NASA, and a range of supercomputing national labs and universities.
This acquisition would further enhance ARM’s long-term growth strategy in HPC. It follows the announcement that ARMv8-A will be the first alternative architecture with OpenHPC support, and the release of ARM Performance Libraries, which would provide ease of software development and portability to ARMv8-A server platforms.
“As systems and servers grow in complexity, developers in HPC are facing new challenges that require advanced tools designed to enable them to continue to innovate,” said Javier Orensanz, general manager, development solutions group, ARM. “Allinea’s ability to debug and analyze many-node systems is unique, and with this acquisition we are ensuring that this capability remains available to the whole ARM ecosystem, and to the other CPU architectures prevalent in HPC, as well as in future applications such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced data analytics.”
Bringing Allinea’s expertise into ARM will continue to enable partners with access to a comprehensive software tools suite that address increasingly complex system challenges.
Allinea’s “unique” tools would provide developers with the ability to deal with systems with hundreds, thousands (and hundreds of thousands) of cores. The product suite includes the developer tool suite Allinea Forge, which incorporates an application debugger called Allinea DDT and a performance analyzer called Allinea MAP, and an analysis tool for system owners, users and administrators called Allinea Performance Reports.
“Writing and deploying software that exploits the ever increasing computing power of clusters and supercomputers is a demanding challenge – it needs to run fast, and run right, and that’s exactly what our suite of tools is designed to enable,” said David Lecomber, CEO of Allinea. “As part of ARM, we’ll continue to work with the HPC community, our customers and our partners to advance the development of our cross-platform technology, and take advantage of product synergies between ARM’s compilers, libraries and advisory tools and our existing and future debugging and analysis tools. Our combined expertise and understanding of the challenges this market faces will deliver new solutions to this growing ecosystem.”
Allinea will be integrated into the ARM business with all functions and Allinea’s Warwick and Eastleigh locations retained. Allinea’s former CEO David Lecomber will join the ARM development solutions group management team.