So why is Intel paying millions for technology that lost out in the business world? Because supercomputing systems are now turning into big business — at least for Intel.
In six years, the 100 most powerful supercomputers in the world will use about half as many processors as Intel’s server group sold in all of 2011, says Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center and Connected System Group. Looking at analyst firm Gartner’s data, we’re talking about somewhere north of 7 million processors. That means billions of dollars in sales for Intel.
“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,” Skaugen says.