If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result, it might be time to stop trying to get servers to do something they’re not designed to do. Servers are effective at many things but were never designed for the rigors of software-defined networking, storage and security.

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Stop using servers to do things they’re not good at: How DPUs can change the data game

Nvidia Inc. is positioning its open DOCA software framework as the fastest and easiest way to speed up the development and performance of data processing unit applications.

DOCA is a software development kit for Nvidia BlueField DPUs (pictured). For those not familiar with BlueField, it provides data center infrastructure-on-a-chip, optimized for high-performance enterprise and cloud computing. Because DOCA is tied to BlueField, there’s a misconception that it’s closed and proprietary.

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Nvidia’s DOCA: an open framework to maximize the value of its data processing unit