Amazon Web Services has acquired NICE, a company headquartered in Asti, Italy that provides software for high performance computing. NICE’s products enable customers to optimize their high performance computing workloads. NICE’s EnginFrame product delivers a grid portal for accessing and utilizing grid services and resources. Meanwhile, NICE’s Desktop Cloud Visualization “enables Technical Computing users to remote access 2D/3D interactive applications over a standard network.” The acquisition of NICE points to an interest on the part of Amazon Web Services in deepening its high performance computing product and service offerings. AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr noted in a blog post that NICE will retain its branding for EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization products. The acquisition is expected to be finalized by Q1 of 2016.