Penguin Computing buys Beowolf cluster company

Linux server company Penguin Computing Inc. is acquiring Beowolf cluster software company Scyld Computing Corp. in a deal that will merge two niche companies under one roof.

Under the deal, San Francisco-based Penguin Computing will acquire the privately held Scyld with Penguin stock shares in exchange for all outstanding Scyld securities. The value of the deal isn't being disclosed.

Sam Ockman, founder and CEO of Penguin Computing, will become president and CEO of the combined companies, and Donald Becker, founder of Annapolis, Md.-based Scyld and a key developer of the Beowulf software technology, will be the new chief technology officer.

By combining the two companies, Becker said, customers will be offered a wider range of Linux hardware and Beowolf cluster software from one source, complete with full service and support. Scyld will still offer its cluster software for many different hardware platforms, he said, but will now also focus on Penguin's Intel 32-bit platform servers and their AMD Opteron 64-bit server lines.

Under the agreement, which takes effect immediately, Scyld will become a division of Penguin, Becker said. Both companies will remain in their present offices and continue under their existing brands. Scyld has five employees, he said, and plans to expand its technical staff following the merger.

"Don Becker pioneered Beowulf clustering under Linux in 1994 and has been one of the industry's staunchest advocates," Penguin's Ockman said in a statement. "Over the past four years, Scyld has invested aggressively in the development of its software and has earned a strong reputation in the Beowulf clustering market. The Scyld software reduces the complexity of provisioning and managing a Beowulf cluster to that of administering a single Linux workstation."

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