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Mellanox's family of programmable Smart Adapters encompasses the advanced capabilities of the ConnectX network adapters with advanced software or FPGA programmability, providing data-centers with levels of performance and functionality previously unseen in the market. These cards are based on the BlueField Data Processing Unit (DPU) – a family of innovative networking and I/O acceleration ICs.

The new generation of Smart Adapters is the perfect blend of hardware and programmable accelerations enabling secure and high-performance network solutions for cloud, storage, machine learning and edge computing applications while increasing productivity and reducing total cost of ownership.

BlueField SmartNIC


Provide workload isolation and accelerate packet analysis, SDN firewall, and encryption to free the CPU.


Accelerate server/network virtualization and offload software-defined networking to increase cloud efficiency.


Virtualize and offload networking and software defined storage access to boost hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI).


Speed up and virtualize access to NVMe over Fabrics storage.

The Results Are In: IT Pros Want SmartNICs

In an independent research study, key IT executives from a mixture of large enterprise and cloud data centers were surveyed on their thoughts about emerging networking technologies that can be used to support cloud-scale data centers models.

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  • How SmartNICs fulfill IT pros’ five top needs for data center performance.
  • The five most appealing use cases for SmartNICs.
  • How SmartNICs provide the solution to the end of Moore’s Law
  • How using SmartNICs results in faster application performance, improved application reliability, greater flexibility, and application reliability.
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BlueField®-2 DPU-based Programmable Smart Adapters

The Mellanox BlueField-2 Data Processing Unit (DPU) is the IC at the heart of software programmable SmartNICs. The 200Gb/s BlueField-2 IC integrates into one chip – a 64-bit Arm® multicore processor array combined with Mellanox ConnectX®-6 Dx advanced networking and security offloads – to accelerate a multitude of security, networking and storage applications. High-performance and software-programmable networking capabilities enable the IC to customize and optimize both control plane and data path operations.

BlueField-2 advanced features include best-in-class RDMA accelerator to enable GPUDirect® or NVMe-oF, CPU isolation, hardware root-of-trust and cryptography accelerations crucial for data center security at the endpoint. Moreover, NVMe SNAP™ which logically presents networked storage as a local NVMe drive on the PCIe bus is bringing virtualized storage to bare metal clouds, making composable storage simple, while promoting CAPEX and OPEX savings.

BlueField® DPU-based Programmable Smart Adapters

Mellanox BlueField programmable Smart Adapter is highly customizable combining the ConnectX-5 network adapter advanced offloads with 64-bit Arm® processing power to offer full programmability for accelerating a multitude of security, networking and storage applications and delivering optimization for control and data path operation.

Advanced features include an embedded virtual switch with programmable ACL, transport offloads and stateless encapsulation and decapsulation of NVGRE, VXLAN, and MPLS overlay protocols and superior RDMA and GPUDirect® RDMA accelerators, including NVMe-oF.

Innova™-2 FPGA-based Smart Adapter

The Mellanox Innova™-2 FPGA-based Smart Adapters offer a highly programmable, performant alternative, specifically suitable for companies with Verilog FPGA development skills. Designed with a ConnectX Intelligent network controller and the addition of an on-board FPGA to provide acceleration to a wide range of applications, including Security, Storage, Artificial Intelligence, Media & Entertainment, Cloud and more. The on-board FPGA provides users with the maximum flexibility to offload the CPU and create custom-made accelerations and offering hardware support for RDMA over Converged Ethernet, Ethernet stateless offload engines, Overlay Networks, and NVIDIA GPUDirect™.

Configuration Tools

Mellanox provides a series of tools to properly configure a cluster based on your choice of interconnect (InfiniBand or Ethernet).

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Why You Need a SmartNIC and Smart NIC Use Cases

In the first blog of this series, I argued that it is function and not form that define a SmartNIC (or smart NIC). I also introduce another category of data center NICs called an intelligent NIC (iNIC) which include both hardware transport and a programmable data path for virtual switch acceleration. These capabilities are necessary but not sufficient for a NIC to be a SmartNIC. A true SmartNIC must also include an easily extensible, C-programmable Linux environment that...


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