Microsoft Buys Interactive Supercomputing

peHUB has learned that Microsoft has acquired Interactive Supercomputing, a VC-backed maker of the Star-P interactive parallel computing platform.

An official announcement is expected tomorrow. No word yet on price.

Interactive Supercomputing’s website is currently down for maintenance (perhaps being reskinned?), but a recent press release describes Star-P as “technical computing software that enables users to code computing problems on their desktops using familiar mathematical software such as MATLAB and Python, and run them instantly and interactively on parallel high-performance computers (HPCs).”

The Waltham, Mass.-based company had raised around $18 million in VC funding since 2005, from firms like Ascent Venture Partners, CommonAngels, Flagship Ventures, Fletcher Spaght Associates and Rock Maple Ventures.

peHUB has left messages with Microsoft, Interactive Supercomputing and a number of the company’s investors. We’ll update this post if and/or when we hear back.

Update: A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment.

Update II: Microsoft has announced the acquisition, saying that the deal is an asset purchase. Interactive Supercomputing CEO Bill Blake and part of his team will work out of Microsoft’s Cambridge, Mass.-based office, but Star-P product itself will not continue to be developed.

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