Intel Corporation announced an agreement to acquire Granulate Cloud Solutions, an Israel-based developer of real-time continuous optimization software. The acquisition of Granulate will help cloud and data center customers maximize compute workload performance and reduce infrastructure and cloud costs. Deal terms are not being disclosed, but it is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022. At that time, Granulate’s 120 employees will be integrated into Intel’s Datacenter and AI business unit.
Sandra Rivera, GM of the Datacenter and AI Group at Intel, said that Granulate’s autonomous optimization software can be applied to production workloads without the need to make changes in the customer’s code. Greg Lavender, GM of the Software and Advanced Technology Group at Intel, explained that Granulate’s real-time optimization software complements Intel’s capabilities by helping customers to gain performance and reduce Cloud costs.
How It Works
Granulate’s real-time continuous optimization is a new approach to optimizing production workloads by leveraging resource usage patterns and dataflow to automatically adapt kernel level and runtime level resource management to better fit the application needs. It automatically learns the application’s specific resource usage patterns and data flow to identify contended resources, bottlenecks and prioritization opportunities, and then tailors OS-level scheduling and prioritization decisions to improve the infrastructure’s application specific performance.
Accelerating Legacy Packages
While cloud computing and microservices have created a new era of flexibility in distributed applications and deployment scalability, modern architectures have introduced more complex performance issues that are not easily managed by traditional operating systems and runtimes. Additionally, customers often deploy older Linux distributions and application libraries that are not up to date with the latest advancements in today’s high-performance CPUs.
Granulate’s autonomous optimization service solves these issues by reducing CPU utilization and application latencies, by learning the customer’s application and deploying a customized set of continuous optimizations at runtime. This enables deployment on smaller compute clusters and instance types to improve application performance and drive down cloud and data center costs, without the developer intervention. Thus, optimizations for the latest CPUs can be applied even on legacy Linux distributions and runtimes.
Optimizing Xeon deployments
Asaf Ezra, co-founder and CEO of Granulate, said: “As a part of Intel, Granulate will be able to deliver autonomous optimization capabilities to even more customers globally and rapidly expand its offering with the help of Intel’s 19,000 software engineers.” Intel and Granulate’s relationship began in late 2019, when Granulate was part of the first graduating class of Intel® Ignite, the startup accelerator program that taps into Intel’s resources.
Over the past year, Intel and Granulate have worked together under a commercial agreement to collaborate on workload optimization on Xeon deployments. This collaboration resulted in gains in performance and decreases in costs for customers running on Intel processors. With the acquisition of Granulate, Intel will rapidly scale Granulate’s optimization software, including across Intel’s data center portfolio.