A revisit on Nvidia GTC 2021. A worthwhile thought to think through.
NVIDIA BlueField-3 DPU, the most powerful software-defined, hardware-accelerated data center on a chip. The #datacenter is the new unit of computing and the BlueField-2 DPU is now available to offload and accelerate the networking, storage, and security tasks within overtaxed data centers.
An interesting blog to explain what is the difference a DPU, CPU, and GPU?
So What Makes a DPU Different?
A DPU is a new class of programmable processor that combines three key elements. A DPU is a system on a chip, or SOC, that combines: An industry standard, high-performance, software programmable, multi-core CPU, typically based on the widely-used Arm architecture, tightly coupled to the other SOC components
A high-performance network interface capable of parsing, processing, and efficiently transferring data at line rate, or the speed of the rest of the network, to GPUs and CPUs
A rich set of flexible and programmable acceleration engines that offload and improve applications performance for AI and Machine Learning, security, telecommunications, and storage, among others.