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RapidMind Inc.
IndustryComputer software
FoundedWaterloo, Ontario, 2004
FounderMichael McCool
Stefanus Du Toit
DefunctAugust 19, 2009 (2009-08-19)
Key people
Ray DePaul (CEO)
Stefanus Du Toit (Chief Architect)
Michael McCool (Chief Scientist)
Matthew Monteyne (VP, Marketing)
Ray Newmark (VP, Sales)
ProductsRapidMind Multi-core Development Platform

RapidMind Inc. was a privately held company founded and headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, acquired by Intel in 2009. It provided a software product that aims to make it simpler for software developers to target multi-core processors and accelerators such as graphics processing units (GPUs).[1]


RapidMind was started in 2004 based on the academic research related to the Sh project at the University of Waterloo. It received a seed round of financing (amount undisclosed) at the beginning of 2006, and raised its Series A round of $10 million Canadian in April 2007.[2]

RapidMind was acquired by Intel on 19 August 2009.[3] Intel continued to sell RapidMind's primary product, a Multi-core Development Platform, through 2010. The RapidMind team and technology was integrated into the Intel Ct research project. The results of the combination were introduced in September 2010 as Intel Array Building Blocks.[4][5][6]

Multi-core development platform[edit]

The platform was exposed as a set of C++ libraries, which provide types and operations used to express parallel computations.[7] The programming model was primarily data parallel, although it was sufficiently generic to express task-parallel operations. The platform targeted multi-core x86 processors, GPUs (via OpenCL), and the Cell processor.


  1. ^ "Innovator: Power to the processors", Financial Post (2008-01-08). Retrieved on 2008-10-04.
  2. ^ "Multicore platform provider wins $10M", EE Times (2007-04-23). Retrieved on 2008-10-04.
  3. ^ "RapidMind + Intel", Intel Blog (2009-08-19)
  4. ^ "ntel® Array Building Blocks". 29 November 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Intel Flexes Parallel Programming Muscles" Archived 2010-09-06 at the Wayback Machine, HPCwire (2010-09-02). Retrieved on 2010-09-14.
  6. ^ "Parallel Studio 2011: Now We Know What Happened to Ct, Cilk++, and RapidMind", Dr. Dobb's Journal (2010-09-02). Retrieved on 2010-09-14.
  7. ^ "RapidMind: C++ Meets Multicore", Dr Dobbs Journal (2007-06-08). Retrieved on 2008-10-04.