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Intel to Acquire Codeplay Software

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Intel has long believed that innovation thrives in an open ecosystem, enables choice, fosters trust, and is equally accessible to all. The oneAPI project reflects and embodies this commitment to an open, vibrant, and active ecosystem, featuring an open specification, open source reference implementations, Technical Advisory Boards, and worldwide oneAPI Centers of Excellence. Since its inception, oneAPI components and implementations have been demonstrated on numerous diverse computing architectures by companies and researchers around the world.

Today, Intel is further advancing its support of the oneAPI ecosystem. We have signed an agreement to acquire Codeplay Software, a global leader in cross-architecture open standards-based developer technologies. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland and led by CEO Andrew Richards and CTO Ruyman Reyes, Codeplay is globally recognized for its expertise and leadership in SYCL, the Khronos open standard programming models used in oneAPI, and its significant contributions to the industry ranging from open ecosystem activities like SYCL and OpenCL to RISC-V, automotive software safety, and medical imaging. Codeplay has extensively delivered products supporting diverse hardware platforms globally, embracing the mission of bringing oneAPI to the masses.

This acquisition bolsters both companies’ commitment to open collaboration and standards – particularly driving the adoption of SYCL and the oneAPI ecosystem. Intel and Codeplay have worked together to define and extend open standard programming models that work across multiple platforms and devices. Codeplay is highly active on Khronos standards committees and has been a long-time proponent of the SYCL standard. In fact, Codeplay developers currently chair the Khronos SYCL Working Group and some ISO C++ standards, act as the OpenCL Spec editor, and significantly contribute to numerous other standards.

Codeplay has a proven record of ecosystem leadership within the developer community, while developing and maintaining compilers and runtimes for CPUs, GPUs, DSPs and many other advanced processor architectures to achieve high processing performance for AI and HPC. In the last two years, Codeplay was selected by leading open science computing sites, including NERSC at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as well as a collaboration of the Argonne National Laboratory with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to provide oneAPI SYCL compilers for AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. Bolstered by the strength of Intel, Codeplay will be able to extend the delivery of SYCL solutions into cross-architecture and multi-vendor products, based on open standards and the open source ecosystems upon which they are built.

Subject to the closing of the transaction, which we anticipate later this quarter, Codeplay will operate as a subsidiary business as part of Intel’s Software and Advanced Technology Group (SATG). Through the subsidiary structure, we plan to foster Codeplay’s unique entrepreneurial spirit and open ecosystem approach for which it is known and respected in the industry.

We cannot wait to see what Intel and Codeplay can achieve together.

Joe Curley and Sanjiv Shah

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Great to see Codeplay joining Intel, enhancing an essential software eco-system.

About the Author
Joseph (Joe) Curley serves Intel Corporation as Vice President and General Manager of Software Products and Ecosystem in Intel’s Software and Advanced Technology Group. His primary responsibilities include the oneAPI industry initiative, product management of developer and foundational software, and supporting the oneAPI developer ecosystem. Mr. Curley joined Intel Corporation in 2007, and has served in multiple other strategic planning, ecosystem development, and business leadership roles. Prior to joining Intel, Joe worked at Dell, Inc. leading the global workstation product line, the consumer and small business desktop product line, and in a series of engineering roles. He began his career at computer graphics pioneer Tseng Labs.