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Google gobbles PeakStream to help increased flow

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Google bought startup PeakStream for an undisclosed amount yesterday. Prior to the acquisition, PeakStream raised over $17mm in venture funding from big name venture shops Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. The company provides resources to program multicore chips like GPUs, which are often used in graphics cards. Since multicore chips use several integrated processors they are faster than traditional x86 chips popularized by Intel, but harder to program.
The rumors are that Google may be starting to use GPUs to boost server performance, to compliment existing x86 chips. Not evil, Google was ambiguous as possible about its use of PeakStream, and released a statement that said it ‘looks forward to providing PeakStream with additional resources.’ I guess all PeakStream needed was the Google employee free lunch to reach the next phase of its business plan. Google, on the other hand, continues to act more and more like the mice in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, compiling the results of its experiments on human thought and behavior... or the mackinaw trout in Odell Lake, able to eat anything (barring an angler in a chub or plankton).
Google Purchases Start-Up PeakStream [Wall Street Journal]