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Shakeup of Wall Street’s Grid Vendors

DataSynapse has been acquired by Tibco, Platform Computing has bought HP clustering technology, and grids are trying to become clouds.

The shake down of Wall Street itself has forced major changes on the two companies that have provided it with most of its grid computing software (software that distributes and manages work across many computers) to date, Data Synapse and Platform Computing.

Platform Computing yesterday acquired HP-MPI (Message Passing Interface) from HP and hired members of the HP-MPI development team in a move that will enable its grid software to work more easily with scientific and business applications outside its current sphere. HP-MPI is an implementation of MPI, an industry standard message passing protocol used by applications to run parallel processes over multiple nodes in a computing cluster. Platform currently has its own MPI product (formerly Scali MPI) that has not been broadly embraced by independent software vendors. HP-MPI is used and distributed by more than 30 ISVs, mostly in the computer-aided engineering space. The companies say HP-MPI and Platform's current MPI products will continue on current release cycles and be maintained to support existing customers for an interim period. Platform says it will continue support for legacy versions of each product even after the release of a combined offering.

Tibco Software yesterday that it acquired privately-held DataSynapse in a cash transaction valued at approximately $28 million. DataSynapse co-founders, Peter Lee and Jamie Bernardin, will join the Tibco management team. This will be a major addition to Tibco's middleware and nascent cloud computing offerings. The lines between grid and cloud computing are blurry, and some Wall Street firms already consider their grids to be clouds.

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