Sunday, January 22, 2012

Intel to Acquire QLogic's Infiniband Fabric

Intel agreed to acquire QLogic's InfiniBand business including related product lines and technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

This acquisition is designed to enhance Intel’s networking portfolio and provide scalable high- performance computing (HPC) fabric technology 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 supercomputers.

QLogic's InfiniBand product set includes its 12000 InfiniBand Switch Series for High Performance Computing (HPC) environments. The 12000 series switches are based on the QLogic TrueScale ASIC platform, which enables 40Gb (QDR) performance and scalability from 18 to 864 ports. QLogic also offers its 9000 Series of 20Gbps DDR Directors and Edge Switches for cluster computing interconnects. This line includes 20Gb (SDR) InfiniBand Switch offerings from 24 to 288 ports, with optional support for Ethernet and Fibre Channel.

“At the International Supercomputing Conference 2011, Intel unveiled a bold vision to redefine HPC performance and break the Exascale barrier by 2018,�? said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center and Connected System Group. “The technology and expertise from QLogic provide important assets to provide the scalable system fabric needed to execute on this vision. Adding QLogic’s InfiniBand product line to our networking portfolio will bring increased options and exceptional value to our datacenter customers.�?

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