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Programming The Network With Intel NEX Chief Nick McKeown

It would be very difficult indeed to find a better general manager for Intel’s newly constituted Network and Edge Group networking business than Nick McKeown, and Pat Gelsinger, the chief executive officer charged with turning around Intel’s foundries and its chip design business, is lucky that Intel was on an acquisitive bend in the wake of its rumored failed attempt to buy Mellanox and Nvidia’s successful purchase of Mellanox a few months later.

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The Faster The Switch, The Cheaper Bit Flits

It may have taken a while for the transition to 200 Gb/sec and 400 Gb/sec networking to take off in the datacenter, but this higher gear to switching is finally kicking in and delivering unprecedented bang for the buck in networks, and in fairly short order at least compared to sluggish pace that 100 Gb/sec Ethernet took getting into the datacenter.