Intel to acquire assets of supercomputing firm Cray

25 Apr 2012

Semiconductor chip maker Intel has struck an agreement with supercomputer company Cray Inc to acquire assets related to its high-performance computing (HPC) interconnect programme for an undisclosed sum.

Under the agreement, Intel will access Cray’s interconnect personnel and intellectual property.

Cray’s interconnect team is responsible for the 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, Intel said.

“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.”

The deal is expected to close before the end of the current quarter, subject to customary closing conditions being met.