Intel has announced the acquisition of QLogic's InfiniBand networking business for $125 million, a move that will help it realise its goal of ExaFLOP supercomputers.
Intel has announced the acquisition of QLogic's InfiniBand networking business for $125 million.
The move is designed to support Intel's existing networking portfolio and provide scalable high-performance computing (HPC) fabric technology.
InfiniBand is used in a number of supercomputers and Intel is hoping that the acquisition will help it achieve computing speeds of over one ExaFLOP/s, or one quintillion computer operations per second, by 2018. This would firmly put Intel on the map as one of the leaders in the highly competitive supercomputing industry.
“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, VP and GM 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.”
Intel will also be hiring many of the employees that currently work on InfiniBand.
The companies expect the deal to close by the end of the first quarter, subject to regulatory approval.