Fungible DPU : A New Class of Microprocessor Powering Next Generation Data Center Infrastructure

Optimized for Data Interchange and Data-Centric Computations, the Fungible DPU delivers game-changing performance, footprint and cost efficiencies for next generation scale-out networking, storage, security and analytics platforms

SAN JOSE, California – August 18, 2020Fungible Inc. today announced the Fungible Data Processing UnitTM (Fungible DPU™), an imperative technology that will power next generation high performance, efficient and cost-optimized scale-out data centers.

“The Fungible DPU is purpose built to address two of the biggest challenges in scale-out data centers – inefficient interchange of data and inefficient execution of a class of computations called data-centric computations. Data-centric computations are computations performed in the network, storage, security and virtualization data-paths. Today, they are poorly executed by existing processor architectures,” said Pradeep Sindhu, CEO and Founder of Fungible. “These inefficiencies cause overprovisioning and underutilization of resources, resulting in data centers that are significantly more expensive to build and operate. Erasing these inefficiencies will also accelerate the proliferation of modern applications, such as AI and analytics.”

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“The benefits of scale-out infrastructure are obvious, but the industry lacks a solution that can truly realize the disaggregation of compute and storage resources at scale, mainly due to the challenge of data movement. The time is ripe for a holistic, end-to-end solution that addresses this limitation”, said Aashish Nadkarni, VP of Worldwide Infrastructure, IDC.

Complementing the CPU and GPU, the Fungible DPU is the “third socket” in data centers, delivering unprecedented benefits not just in performance per unit power and space, but also strengthening reliability and security.

The Fungible DPU comprises two core innovations that are tightly interwoven.

A programmable data-path engine that executes data-centric computations at extremely high speeds, while providing flexibility comparable to general-purpose CPUs. The engine is programmed in C using industry standard tool chains and is designed to execute many data-paths concurrently. This unique innovation enables the Fungible DPU to be fully customized for the most stringent requirements of today and tomorrow while sustaining the highest performance.

A new network engine that implements the endpoint of a high performance TrueFabricTM that provides deterministic low latency, full cross-section bandwidth, congestion and error control, and high security at any scale (from 100s to 100,000s of nodes). The TrueFabric™ protocol is fully standards compliant and interoperable with TCP/IP over Ethernet, ensuring that the data center leaf-spine network can be built with standard Ethernet switches.

“The adoption of NVMe SSDs is seeing explosive growth in data centers. Yet, there are bottlenecks in disaggregated infrastructure that prevent applications from fully leveraging the native performance of NVMe SSDs. The Fungible DPU enables line rate storage and security data services, unleashing the full capabilities of our fastest NVMe SSDs over the network,” said Mr. Young Sohn, President & Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung Electronics.

“The Fungible DPU addresses critical network bottlenecks in large scale data centers. Its TrueFabric technology enables disaggregation and pooling of all data center resources, delivering outstanding performance and latency characteristics at scale,” said Mr Yi Qun Cai, VP of Cloud Networking Infrastructure, Alibaba.

Fungible also provides a full suite of software that enables the Fungible DPU™ and the products it powers to be used “out of the box”. This includes data-path stacks, host drivers and agents for x86, and a set of Cluster Services that provides management and control of a large number of Fungible DPU-enabled products.

“We have done the heavy lifting of providing foundational technology that removes the barrier of entry for building Fungible DPU-powered platforms, allowing our customers to accelerate development and in turn, deliver fast, compelling value to their end customers,” added Sindhu.

“In fact, we took great care to ensure our technology imposes no changes to applications or system software and our solutions fully enable our customers to leverage volume economics,” said Bertrand Serlet, Founder of Fungible and previously VP of Software at Apple.

The Fungible DPU is available immediately in two variants to select design partners:

  • Fungible F1 DPU – an 800Gbps processor perfectly suited for high performance storage, analytics and security platforms.
  • Fungible S1 DPU – a 200Gbps processor optimized for host-side use cases, including bare metal virtualization, storage initiator, NFVi/VNF applications and distributed node security.

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