Tuesday, April 24th 2012

Intel Acquires High-Performance Computing Interconnect Technology and Expertise

Intel Corporation today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Cray Inc. to acquire certain assets related to its high-performance computing (HPC) interconnect program. With the agreement, Intel gains access to Cray's world-class interconnect personnel and intellectual property.

The Cray interconnect team is responsible for the award-winning Gemini interconnect as well as the upcoming Aries interconnect, designed to work in Cray's next-generation supercomputer, codenamed "Cascade," which will integrate Intel Xeon processors. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the current quarter, subject to customary closing conditions being met.

"Delivering continued advancement in high-performance computing, including breaking the Exascale barrier, requires tremendous innovation in interconnect technology," said Diane Bryant, vice president and general manager of Intel's Datacenter and Connected System Group. "The acquisition of Cray's industry-leading interconnect technology and expertise provides exceptional strategic assets that further enhance Intel's HPC portfolio. We're excited about the value this will allow us to bring to our customers."
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7 Comments on Intel Acquires High-Performance Computing Interconnect Technology and Expertise

#1
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Wonder if this has something to do with a Fujitsu holding the TOP500 spot with a commanding lead over Intel's second place. Might have to do with those "IntelĀ® Many Core Architecture" processors Intel has been playing with too.
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#2
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: FordGT90Concept
Wonder if this has something to do with a Fujitsu holding the TOP500 spot with a commanding lead over Intel's second place. Might have to do with those "IntelĀ® Many Core Architecture" processors Intel has been playing with too.
Mmmmmm, threading. Makes you almost wish you had a SPARC64 system. :p
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#3
1c3d0g
IIRC, Intel also bought out Infiniband (or patents related to it), so this looks like Intel is really serious about implementing extremely high bandwidth, low latency networking into its products - right down to the internal communication paths of the CPU itself.
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#4
ensabrenoir
.........they trying to create skynet for real or something?
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#5
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
If this had happened 20 years ago maybe the dinosaurs would not have espaced.. :(

(they would anyway because that wasn't the issue but it's fun to imagine things)
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#6
magibeg
by: 1c3d0g
IIRC, Intel also bought out Infiniband (or patents related to it), so this looks like Intel is really serious about implementing extremely high bandwidth, low latency networking into its products - right down to the internal communication paths of the CPU itself.
Whatever it takes to run crysis 3 from the cpu alone.
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#7
TheGuruStud
I guess since cray doesn't want to use their CPUs, then they'll just pay to use the same tech haha
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