NVIDIA Intros DOCA Family of
October 6, 2020
NVIDIA introduced a new
kind of processor — DPUs, or data processing units — supported
by DOCA, a novel data-center-infrastructure-on-a-chip
architecture that enables breakthrough networking, storage and
NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang revealed the company’s
three-year DPU roadmap in today’s
It features the new
of DPUs and NVIDIA DOCA™ software development kit for building
applications on DPU-accelerated data center infrastructure
“The data center
has become the new unit of computing,” said Huang. “DPUs are an
essential element of modern and secure accelerated data centers
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
offload critical networking, storage and security tasks from
CPUs, BlueField-2 DPUs enable organizations to transform their
IT infrastructure into state-of-the-art data centers that are
accelerated, fully programmable and armed with “zero-trust”
security features to prevent data breaches and cyberattacks.
BlueField-2 DPU can deliver the same data center services that
could consume up to 125 CPU cores. This frees up valuable CPU
cores to run a wide range of other enterprise applications.
Widespread Adoption of NVIDIA DPUs
Leading server manufacturers worldwide — including
— have plans to integrate NVIDIA DPUs into their enterprise
from system providers are complemented by extensive support from
software infrastructure partners, including:
announced substantial work underway with NVIDIA as part of
its recently announced Project Monterey initiative to
support BlueField-2 DPUs with VMware Cloud Foundation.
plans to offer support for BlueField-2 DPUs with Red Hat
Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift, components of Red
Hat’s open hybrid cloud portfolio, which is used by 95
percent of the Fortune 500.
announced support of BlueField-2 DPUs and DOCA in its Ubuntu
Linux platform, the most popular operating system among
a leading cybersecurity provider, is integrating BlueField-2
DPUs into its technologies, which more than 100,000
organizations worldwide use to protect themselves from
includes two PCIe products:
NVIDIA BlueField-2 DPU, which features all of the
capabilities of the NVIDIA Mellanox® ConnectX®-6
Dx SmartNIC combined with powerful Arm cores. Fully
programmable, it delivers data transfer rates of 200
gigabits per second and accelerates key data center
security, networking and storage tasks, including isolation,
root trust, key management, RDMA/RoCE, GPUDirect, elastic
block storage, data compression and more.
NVIDIA BlueField-2X DPU, which includes all the key
features of a BlueField-2 DPU enhanced with an NVIDIA Ampere
GPU’s AI capabilities that can be applied to data center
security, networking and storage tasks. Drawing from
NVIDIA’s third-generation Tensor Cores, it is able to use AI
for real-time security analytics, including identifying
abnormal traffic, which could indicate theft of confidential
data, encrypted traffic analytics at line rate, host
introspection to identify malicious activity, and dynamic
security orchestration and automated response.
DOCA Software Development Kit
NVIDIA DOCA SDK
enables developers to build applications on DPU-accelerated data
center infrastructure services, much like the
programming model enables developers to build GPU-accelerated
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
a software catalog offering a convenient, containerized software
environment for third-party application providers to leverage
advanced DPU data-center-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.