Modern Data Center Processing Chips: The Foundation of Next Generation Data Centers

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4Q 2021 | IN-6359


Intel and Google IPU Collaboration


In June 2021, Intel announced its vision for the Infrastructure Processing Unit (IPU), describing it as follows: The IPU is a new category of technologies and is one of the strategic pillars of our cloud strategy. It expands upon our SmartNIC capabilities and is designed to address the complexity and inefficiencies in the modern data center. At Intel, we are dedicated to creating solutions and innovating alongside our customer and partners — the IPU exemplifies this collaboration. Intel took the time to stress that this innovation was a collaboration and stated that it was working with hyperscalers on this technology, but it stopped short of giving further details. Intel’s announcement came just weeks before Marvell announced their Octeon 10 Data Processing Units (DPU), within two months of NVIDIA’s announcement of a similar product, a new family of BlueField DPUs and the DOCA SDK that exposes a programmable Application Programming Interface (API) for use with them. It is worthy of note to mention that all three data center chips mentioned above are ba…

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