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Intel Acquires QLogic, Pumps Juice into Exascale Plans

Microprocessor giant Intel announced on Monday that it is acquiring Qlogic - a California based supplier of data centre networking cards and switches for $125 million.

According to Intel, the move will help the company significantly in beefing up its networking portfolio, as well as in accommodating a scalable high-performance computing (HPC) fabric technology. In addition, the merger of Qlogic could also prove to be a gigantic leap towards executing Intel's long term ambitions of introducing fabric architectures for achieving ExaFLOP/s performance by autumn of 2018.

ExaFlop/s represents a truly incredible performance that would put even the fastest supercomuter today to shame. Experts are of the opinion that the purchase of Qlogic is indeed a strategically well thought-out move by Intel, especially since supercomputers have emerged as a rather luscious business opportunity for the company.

"One reason why we acquired the Qlogic team is we believe that over time we'll have a tighter coupling of the processor and the fabric technology as we go after the high end of supercomputing," Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center and Connected System Group explained reports Wired.