NVIDIA Announces NVIDIA BlueField-3, a Next-Gen Data Processing Unit
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NVIDIA Announces NVIDIA BlueField-3, a Next-Gen Data Processing Unit

By CIOReview | Thursday, May 6, 2021

By offloading and isolating data center infrastructure from business applications, BlueField-3 DPUs turn conventional infrastructure into zero-trust environments in which every data center user is authenticated.

FREMONT, CA :- NVIDIA, a multinational technology company, announced the NVIDIA BlueField-3 DPU, its next-generation data processing unit, to deliver the most effective software-defined networking, storage, and cybersecurity acceleration capabilities available for data centers.

BlueField-3 is the first DPU designed for AI and accelerated computing, allowing any business to deliver applications at any scale while maintaining industry-leading performance and data center security. It is designed for multi-tenant, cloud-native environments, and it provides software-defined, hardware-accelerated networking, storage, security, and management services at a data-center scale. One BlueField-3 DPU will replace up to 300 CPU cores in a data center, freeing up precious CPU cycles for business-critical applications.

“Modern hyperscale clouds are driving a fundamental new architecture for data centers,” said Jensen Huang, founder, and CEO, NVIDIA. “A new type of processor, designed to process data center infrastructure software, is needed to offload and accelerate the tremendous compute load of virtualization, networking, storage, security and other cloud-native AI services. The time for BlueField DPU has come.”

BlueField-3 and Morpheus Put Security Everywhere

By offloading and isolating data center infrastructure from business applications, BlueField-3 DPUs turn conventional infrastructure into zero-trust environments in which every data center user is authenticated. This protects businesses from the cloud to the center to the edge while also improving productivity and results.

BlueField-3, one of the industry’s first 400GbE/NDR DPU, provides unrivaled networking performance. With 16x Arm A78 cores and 4x cryptography acceleration, it has 10x the accelerated compute capacity of the previous generation. BlueField-3 is also the first DPU to support fifth-generation PCIe and provide data center acceleration that is time-synchronized.

NVIDIA Morpheus, a state-of-the-art, AI-enabled, cloud-native cybersecurity platform, also recently announced that, uses BlueField-3 to provide real-time network visibility and identification and response for cyber threats. It also serves as the monitoring, or telemetry, agent for BlueField-3.

NVIDIA DOCA SDK 1.0

NVIDIA DOCA, the data-center-on-a-chip architecture, is used in BlueField-3 to provide developers with a full, open software framework for developing software-defined, hardware-accelerated networking, storage, security, and management applications that run on BlueField DPUs.

DOCA provides a runtime environment for creating, compiling, and optimizing applications for the BlueField DPU; orchestration tools for provisioning, updating, and monitoring thousands of DPUs around the data center; and libraries, APIs, and an increasing range of applications, such as deep packet inspection and load balancing, all of which are available for download today.

Ecosystem Adoption of NVIDIA DPUs

BlueField DPUs are being used by leading server manufacturers such as Dell Technologies, Inspur, Lenovo, and Supermicro. Cloud service providers are using BlueField DPUs worldwide to accelerate workloads, including Baidu, JD.com, and UCloud. Leading hybrid cloud platform partners Canonical, Red Hat, VMware, cybersecurity leaders Fortinet, Guardicore, and storage providers DDN, NetApp, and WekaIO, and edge platform providers Cloudflare, F5, and Juniper Networks, are all supporting BlueField-3.

“Red Hat continues to collaborate with NVIDIA as part of an open ecosystem that accelerates innovation while providing access to the latest hardware innovations for composable infrastructure,” said Chris Wright, chief technology officer of Red Hat. “We recognize the need to develop advanced solutions for network security and automation and are excited to support BlueField DPUs and the NVIDIA Morpheus AI framework via Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenShift, industry-leading containers and Kubernetes-powered hybrid cloud platform.”

“Our mutual customers are racing to harness the power of AI for enterprise applications,” said Lee Caswell, vice president of marketing for the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware. “The vision of enterprise infrastructure powered by the VMware Cloud Foundation and to be certified with the newly announced NVIDIA BlueField-3 DPU shows customers a path to improved application performance, a consistent operating model across virtualized and bare-metal environments, along with a new model for delivering zero-trust security without compromising performance.”

BlueField-2 Now Available

BlueField-3 is fully backward compatible with BlueField-2 and offers unmatched performance for offloading, accelerating, and isolating data center workloads. BlueField-2 has dual 100Gb/s Ethernet or InfiniBand network ports, as well as up to eight Arm cores. Software-defined storage, networking, streaming, security, line-rate TLS/IPSEC cryptography, precision timing for 5G telco, time-synchronized data centers, and other cloud infrastructure services are all supported by the BlueField-2 DPU.

Availability

BlueField-3 is anticipated to sample in the first quarter of 2022.