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Lastly, Intel is working to increase data center scalability by integrating fabric controllers directly onto its CPU die. Intel's Bryant said the company plans on leveraging the IP it received from its recent acquisitions of the fabric units from Cray and QLogic to follow through on this design.
"We are taking the Cray expertise we have acquired and the QLogic expertise we have acquired ... that all comes together in what we believe will be industry-leading fabric technology we will then integrate into the processor," she said.
The integrated fabric model will prove especially beneficial to data centers in the high-performance computing space, where it can accelerate server communication while keeping power consumption levels low.
Rival chip-maker AMD has also made a recent push to integrate fabric controllers into its chips, with its February acquisition of low-power microserver vendor SeaMicro.