Today Intel announced that the company has acquired the InfiniBand business from QLogic for $125 million in cash. According to the release, a number of QLogic employees have received offers from Intel to join the company.
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.”
You can watch the SC11 event that Skaugen refers to in this exclusive insideHPC video.
QLogic was one of the last remaining providers of InfiniBand silicon, and their TrueScale technology looked to be skipping the FDR speed iteration currently offered by their sole competitor, Mellanox. As for Intel, I’m betting we’re going to see Xeons with on-chip InfiniBand/100 GbE within three years.
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