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Intel uses open-source effort to boost networking plan

The company launches an open-source software effort to further its plans to make Fibre Channel over Ethernet a reality.

Intel has released source code for a server software project that lets Fibre Channel communications run on a more ordinary Ethernet network.

Fibre Channel is a higher-end network technology used to connect storage systems to servers. Intel and networking giant Cisco Systems are among those working to adapt it for ordinary and ubiquitous Ethernet technology, a technology called Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), appropriately enough.

To further the project, Intel on Tuesday announced the to house the source code. It's governed by version 2 of the General Public License.

The code itself was announced in November on the project mailing list by Robert Love, a kernel programmer and Intel employee.