- Intel has concluded to buy specific high-performance-computing interconnect resources from server association Cray, the thinly slice builder pronounced upon Tuesday.
Intel gets entrance to Cray’s “interconnect crew as well as egghead property” with the agreement, Intel pronounced in the statement. The record as well as imagination will assistance Intel set up the high-performance-computing portfolio as it looks to scale opening upon servers, Intel said.
Intel will compensate US$ 140 million for Cray’s assets, Cray pronounced in the statement. As partial of the deal, 74 Cray employees will stick upon Intel.
Cray has done the name for itself as the supercomputer company. The company’s XT5-HE supercomputer — additionally called Jaguar — during the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee is the third-fastest supercomputer in the world, according to the Top500 list of fastest supercomputers released in November.
Cray’s interconnect group is additionally obliged for structure the interconnect to be used in the supercomputer code-named Cascade, that will operate Intel’s x86 chips.
Cray will go upon to rise Cascade, as well as the supercomputer highway map will sojourn intact, the association said. Cray additionally sells servers starting during $ 200,000, as well as the association will go upon to sell servers as well as storage products.
“The merger of Cray’s industry-leading interconnect record as well as imagination provides well-developed vital resources that serve raise Intel’s HPC portfolio,” pronounced Diane Bryant, clamp boss as well as ubiquitous physical education instructor of Intel’s Datacenter as well as Connected System Group, in the statement.
Intel is seeking to set up up the high-performance-computing portfolio by faster processors as well as quicker interconnects. The association in Jul paid for networking businessman Fulcrum Systems to set up the interpretation core portfolio, as well as in Jan acquired InfiniBand resources from Qlogic in the money contract value US$ 125 million. Intel is structure the chip-to-chip as well as server interconnect formed upon Qlogic’s Infiniband assets.
Cray has put together the own servers as well as supercomputers for years, as well as has additionally grown the own interconnects, chips as well as accelerators, pronounced Jim McGregor, boss of Tirias Research.
Intel will find it simpler to couple high-performance systems regulating Cray’s assets, McGregor said. Intel dominates the server marketplace with Xeon, as well as Cray’s resources could assistance expostulate up opening whilst shortening energy consumption.
“As you consider of the expansion of the server, we’re not only articulate about what you can do in between systems or chips. This could lead to record that can be upon the chip,” McGregor said.
High-performance computing is an critical shred of the server market, as well as the single of the keys is to bond accessible processors by the fabric, pronounced Nathan Brookwood, principal researcher during Insight 64.
Cray’s resources could assistance move together Intel’s HPC products, that embody specialized accelerator chips called MIC (many-integrated cores), Brookwood said. Intel’s ultimate Xeon E5 as well as the 50-core MIC chip, code-named Knights Corner, have been being interconnected in the supercomputer called Stampede, that will be deployed subsequent year during the Texas Advanced Computing Center during the University of Texas.
“Cray is patently the personality in this area, so this could really assistance [Intel],” Brookwood said.
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