ARM sells its HPC tools business

ARM sells its HPC tools business

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By Nick Flaherty

ARM is to sell its business developing tools for high performance computing to Linaro in the UK.

The ARM Forge business was part of Allinea Software, bought by ARM in 2016. It provides debug and performance analysis tools across multiple compute architectures for server and HPC applications. These include Intel, AMD and Nvidia GPU hardware, but it is the availability of high performance tools such as compilers for 64bit ARM cores that has been key to the adoption of ARM cores in chips for the datacentre.

“ARM acquired Allinea and the Forge product line (now ARM Forge) in 2016 to ensure that ARM and its ecosystem had access to essential developer technologies required to succeed in the HPC and cloud markets,” said Javier Orensanz Martinez, vice president development solutions at ARM. 

“Since then, ARM and our partners have established a strong and rapidly growing position in this space, with every major hyperscaler now offering ARM instances, and ARM-based systems for HPC and server applications available from leading OEMs. Forge tools are available and thriving across the market, and the time is right for a trusted partner like Linaro to continue to develop and grow this business.”

Upon completion of the acquisition, the ARM Forge business will transfer to Linaro and the suite of software tools will become known as Linaro Forge. Linaro intends to fully integrate the Forge engineering and business teams and will provide ongoing support and updates for existing Forge customers.

“Linaro was formed in 2010 to help consolidate the ARM related codebase, make it easier to work with ARM software and accelerate the deployment of ARM technology,” said Rob Booth, chief operating officer at Linaro. 

“This continues to be Linaro’s mission today through providing collaborative open-source engineering software solutions, tools and targeted professional service engagements. It is now a natural evolution for Linaro to offer ready-to-use software products and tools that will further accelerate the development of ARM-based products and continue to enable the ecosystem to succeed,” he said.

“As an established market leader Forge gives us that ability, and we look forward to welcoming the Forge team. We believe that their expertise combined with Linaro’s existing HPC and core engineering skills, our ability to build and leverage open-source communities and our professional services expertise will enable us to take Forge to the next level.”;

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