Reply to post: Re: Nothing new really

Meet the ‘DPU’ – accelerated network cards designed to go where CPUs and GPUs are too valuable to waste

Roland6 Silver badge

Re: Nothing new really

Not really, the big driver was cost reduction. With the PC, there was surplus processing time on the machines CPU, thus the "I/O Channel Controller" could be redesigned to use the main CPU rather than its own dedicated CPU - making NIC's affordable to the many. This thinking also lead to dumb modem cards and cheap printers that relied on intelligent drivers; all tied to the Windows OS...

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