Mellanox BlueField® Overview

Mellanox BlueField® Series

Modern data-center servers are challenged by heavy compute and storage workloads that consume valuable CPU cores for processing and steering network traffic, resources that should be used for critical application processing. The Mellanox BlueField I/O Processing Unit (IPU) offloads critical network, security, and storage tasks from the CPU and is the best solution for addressing performance, networking efficiency, and cyber-security concerns in the modern data- center.

The BlueField System on a Chip (SOC) is at the heart of the software programmable SmartNICs and Storage Controllers. BlueField is a single piece of silicon, which integrates 64-bit Arm® multi-core processing power with ConnectX® network adapter and a high-speed memory controller to enable enhanced and flexible software programmability.

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BlueField®-2 I/O Processing Unit (IPU)

Powered by industry-leading 50Gb/s PAM4 SerDes technology and PCIe Gen 4.0, BlueField-2 provides up to two ports of 25, 50 or 100Gb/s, or a single port of 200Gb/s Ethernet and InfiniBand connectivity. BlueField-2 combines the advanced capabilities of the ConnectX-6 Dx ASIC network adapter with an array of Arm processors and a high-speed memory controller, which enable enhanced and flexible software programmability.

BlueField® I/O Processing Unit (IPU)

Powered by industry-leading 25Gb/s NRZ SerDes technology and PCIe Gen 4.0, BlueField provides up to two ports of 25, 50 or 100Gb/s Ethernet and InfiniBand connectivity. BlueField integrates the Mellanox ConnectX®-5 controller and an array of 64-bit Armv8 A72 cores interconnected by a coherent mesh network and a DDR4 memory controller. Software developers can leverage the broad Arm ecosystem and software from the open communities for greater market reach and business opportunities.

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