Obtaining InfiniBand intellectual property for $125 million bolsters Intel's strategic move toward exascale computing.
bolstered its networking industry standing on Jan. 23 by acquiring the
InfiniBand intellectual property-and bringing on board the people who run
it-from networking processor and software maker QLogic.
deal, expected to close by the end of the current quarter, set back Intel by
$125 million. QLogic, based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., also makes Fibre Channel
switches, routers, adapters and ASICs.
is a low-latency, high-bandwidth system interconnect standard that delivers
high-speed data rates over short distances, such as within a single data center
or connecting two adjacent data centers. It is specifically designed to combine
the computing power of numerous machines into one supercomputer.
is available in several enterprise products from companies such as Oracle (for
its high-speed Exadata and Exalogic servers), IBM (in its System p servers),
EMC Isilon (high-end storage) and others.
with what we've said in the past, we are firmly committed to high-performance
computing, and it's becoming a bigger part of our server portfolio in terms of
revenue," Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager for Intel's
data center and connected systems group, told eWEEK
said the acquisition will provide scalable HPC fabric networking as well as
support the company's vision of innovating on fabric architectures to achieve
ExaFLOP/s performance by 2018. An ExaFLOP/s is a quintillion computer
operations per second, a hundred times more than today's fastest
have a conviction that we want to reach an exascale performance by 2018-within
20 megawatts. Technically speaking, people know that this requires a deeper
level of [data center systems] fabric and integration over time to accomplish
that," Skaugen said.
computing refers to computing capabilities beyond the currently existing
petascale. If achieved, exascale computing would represent a thousandfold
increase over that scale. Supercomputing analysts have projected that the IT
industry should be able to implement this by 2018.
exascale initiative has been endorsed by two U.S. agencies: the Department of
Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration. The IT would be used
in various computation-intensive research areas, such as basic research,
engineering, earth science, biology, materials science, energy issues and
U.S. federal government allocated $126 million for implementation of exascale
computing in 2012.