Expanding our Open Standards Vision with Intel®

01 June 2022

Codeplay® CEO Response to Intel Blog post on oneAPI™

Today Intel announced, pending final approvals, that it would acquire Codeplay Software. This is an exciting moment for the industry and will help enable the team to fulfill our vision of bringing open standards programming to all. Codeplay will continue to work in partnership with organizations across the industry to enable open standard software on the latest cutting edge processors.

Being a catalyst for industry innovation is what Codeplay was created to do, and it is what gets us excited to come to work. Over the past 20 years we have grown to be a leader in developing solutions for the latest processors. During this time, we have enabled more than 20 processors to use open standards programming models, and this close relationship with Intel will allow us to accelerate this work further.

Intel is focused on open standards, and Codeplay has led and contributed to multiple open standards including SYCL™, a royalty free open standards programming model developed by the Khronos Group. In fact, our engineers have worked closely with engineers from Intel alongside other key organizations to bring the SYCL standard to the level of maturity it now has. Intel has chosen SYCL to be at the heart of the oneAPI initiative, a cross-industry, standards-based way to develop for heterogeneous architectures. The strength of oneAPI and SYCL scales from supercomputers with exascale (over 10^18 calculations per second) capability to edge compute devices and automotive ADAS. The end developer typically has thousands or millions of lines of code with software creation increasing each year. This code needs to be ported quickly and achieve highest performance benefiting from a well-supported ecosystem – this is what oneAPI and SYCL provides.

This puts Codeplay in a strong position to work across the industry to bring SYCL and other open standards to both processor vendors and teams of software developers supporting the stated strategy of both parties. Codeplay is therefore at the heart of Intel's strategy to democratize oneAPI and SYCL, ensuring that all processors support open standards.

Intel's support will enable Codeplay's continued strength in the community and ecosystem. Codeplay will operate as a subsidiary business of Intel and will continue to support the multi-architecture, multi-vendor accelerator market. It is important for the industry to adopt open standards and open-specification solutions to minimize time-to-market for the industry and time to value for developers and customers. This acquisition strengthens developer and industry trust that open software will be available now and in the years to come.

Join Codeplay and Intel in celebrating this major milestone marking the next phase of high performance software driving advanced computing systems. The combination brings excitement and energy to oneAPI and SYCL ensuring the industry aligns and works together for the gain of all. This is just the next step in our vision to bring open standards programming to all.

I'm looking forward to reaching further than before to discuss and engage with the next generation of performance computing solutions.

Andrew Richards

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