Intel has agreed to purchase part of the InfiniBand networking business of Qlogic for $125m in a bid to advance its high-performance computing (HPC) operations.
The company said it would be acquiring assets and product lines, as well as bringing over a number of Qlogic employees in the deal, although exact terms were not disclosed.
Commonly used as an interconnect high-performance system, the InfiniBand networking standard allows for high-speed links between machines.
Intel said the purchase would allow the company to build on its HPC aspirations. At last year's Super Computing conference, the company unveiled Knight's Bridge, a platform that Intel believes will be the first step towards breaking the exascale barrier.
Early demonstrations of the Knight's Bridge chips have yielded performance marks of more than one trillion calculations per second.
"The technology and expertise from Qlogic provide important assets to deliver the scalable system fabric needed to execute on this vision," said Intel datacentre and connected system group vice president Kirk Skaugen.
"Adding Qlogic’s InfiniBand product line to our networking portfolio will bring increased options and exceptional value to our datacenter customers.”
Vendors have set 2019 as the target date for the development of exascale supercomputing systems.
In the coming years, vendors will need to conquer hardware engineering challenges, as well as a number of logistical and programming challenges.
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