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Over the past two years, AMD has steadily expanded its computing portfolio. This included the addition of FPGAs and smartNICs through the acquisition of Xilinx in 2020 and Pensando earlier this year. At the Hot Chips conference this week, AMD offered a glimpse of how it plans to combine these technologies to build a better …

  1. b0llchit Silver badge

    And them some

    FWIW, the article is heavy on TLAs and FLAs. The MO seems clear.

    The CPU is RAMming DPU with IPU confused by the ASIC. The FPGA is unsure where the PCI is and AMD hurds ARMs for NICs on SoCs. The SDN will hug the VM at the OVS to allow CLX connectivity. DDR5 and LPDDR5 are rallying support at the DIMM level to fit the BBVA modelling on the bus.

    At what platform temperature where these Hot Chips?

    1. OhForF' Silver badge

      Re: And them some

      Sounds like you should make the AAAAA (American Association Against Acronym Abuse) aware of the article

    2. brainwrong

      Re: And them some


      ITYM ETLA's.

  2. druck Silver badge


    Specifically, the smartNIC features 16 A78-AE cores for high-performance workloads and four R52 cores for low-power and lights-out operations.

    Memory is supplied via up to four 32GB LPDDR5 or DDR5 memory DIMMs to the card itself.

    Finally, networking and host communication will be provided by a pair of 200Gbps interfaces and 16 lanes of PCIe 5.0 or CXL 2.0 connectivity.

    Forget that as a SmartNIC, I'd be happy with that as a desktop! Certainly a step up from a Raspberry Pi 4.

  3. An_Old_Dog Silver badge

    Security Question

    How, precisely, are firmware/software updates to be handled? This kind of subsystem looks perfect-made for malware-writers.

    1. MJB7

      Re: Security Question

      You can't update ASICs, so you really, _really_ need to get these right first time (so stick to small, well-understood, functions). Otherwise, you do it the same way you update any other firmware. If you care about security, the image is signed with a private key, and the corresponding public key is hardcoded in the update firmware. If you don't, just accept any old malware.

      1. steelpillow Silver badge

        Re: Security Question

        But there's an ARM CPU alongside the ASIC and that will run software stored onboard. The temptation to make the soft functions OTA-upgradeable will be overwhelming.

        [where's the shattered padlock icon?]

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