NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang revealed the company's three-year DPU roadmap in his GPU Technology Conference keynote. It features the new NVIDIA BlueField-2 family of DPUs and NVIDIA DOCA software development kit for building applications on DPU-accelerated data center infrastructure services.
"The data centre has become the new unit of computing", stated Jensen Huang. "DPUs are an essential element of modern and secure accelerated data centres in which CPUs, GPUs and DPUs are able to combine into a single computing unit that's fully programmable, AI-enabled and can deliver levels of security and compute power not previously possible."
Optimized to offload critical networking, storage and security tasks from CPUs, BlueField-2 DPUs enable organisations to transform their IT infrastructure into state-of-the-art data centres that are accelerated, fully programmable and armed with "zero-trust" security features to prevent data breaches and cyberattacks.
A single BlueField-2 DPU can deliver the same data centre services that could consume up to 125 CPU cores. This frees up valuable CPU cores to run a wide range of other enterprise applications.
Leading server manufacturers worldwide - including ASUS, Atos, Dell Technologies, Fujitsu, GIGABYTE, H3C, Inspur, Lenovo, Quanta/QCT and Supermicro - have plans to integrate NVIDIA DPUs into their enterprise server offerings.
These commitments from system providers are complemented by extensive support from software infrastructure partners, including:
NVIDIA's current DPU line-up includes two PCIe products:
The new NVIDIA DOCA SDK enables developers to build applications on DPU-accelerated data centre infrastructure services, much like the NVIDIA CUDA programming model enables developers to build GPU-accelerated applications.
DOCA provides developers a comprehensive, open platform for building software-defined, hardware-accelerated networking, storage, security and management applications running on the BlueField family of DPUs.
DOCA is fully integrated into NVIDIA NGC, a software catalog offering a convenient, containerized software environment for third-party application providers to leverage advanced DPU data-centre-accelerated services and to develop, certify and distribute applications to customers.
BlueField-2 DPUs are sampling now and expected to be featured in new systems from leading server manufacturers in 2021. BlueField-2X DPUs are under development and are also expected to become available in 2021.
DOCA is available for early access partners now.