Oracle Cloud Infrastructure picks NVIDIA BlueField-3

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) has chosen NVIDIA BlueField-3 DPU to offer its customers a new way to offload data centre tasks from CPUs.

By utilising BlueField-3, OCI is extending its long-established approach of offloading data centre infrastructure tasks from CPUs.

This could prove to be a masterstroke as the DPU delivers improved efficiency, performance, programmability, scalability, and security. It optimises OCI’s infrastructure and lets customers build and run applications and services in the cloud or on premises.

“OCI offers enterprise customers nearly unparalleled accessibility to AI and scientific computing infrastructure with the power to transform industries. NVIDIA BlueField-3 DPUs are a key component of our strategy to provide state-of-the-art, sustainable cloud infrastructure with extreme performance,” said Clay Magouyrk, Executive Vice President of OCI.

BlueField-3 is NVIDIA’s third-generation data processing unit that enables enterprises to build software-defined, hardware-accelerated IT infrastructures from cloud to data centre to edge. It improves performance, efficiency and security in data centres by offloading, accelerating and isolating infrastructure workloads, thus freeing expensive CPU cores to run business applications.

“The age of AI demands cloud data centre infrastructures to support extraordinary computing requirements. NVIDIA’s BlueField-3 DPU enables this advance, transforming traditional cloud computing environments into accelerated, energy-efficient and secure infrastructure to process the demanding workloads of generative AI,” said Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO of NVIDIA.

BlueField-3 is the foundation of the data centre control plane that delivers cloud and AI services. Tests show power reductions of up to 24 percent on servers using NVIDIA BlueField DPUs compared to servers without DPUs.

The DPUs support Ethernet and InfiniBand connectivity at up to 400 gigabits per second and provide 4x more compute power, up to 4x faster crypto acceleration, 2x faster storage processing and 4x more memory bandwidth compared to the previous generation of BlueField.

BlueField delivers full backward-compatibility through the NVIDIA DOCA software framework. DOCA equips developers with advanced, zero-trust security capabilities, including the ability to create metered cloud services that control resource access, validate each application and user, isolate potentially compromised machines and help protect data from breaches and theft.