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Function Offload Coprocessors -- Accelerators Usher in an Era of Distributed Computing

Function Offload Coprocessors -- Accelerators Usher in an Era of Distributed Computing
  • Publish Date:August 2020

  • Number of Pages:11

  • Report ID:5953850

  • Format:PDF

  • Publisher:IDC

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This IDC Market Perspective examines function offload coprocessors (FOCPs). The current central processing unit architecture deployed in datacenters, edge devices, and consumer handhelds has started to show its limitations in the era of hyperscale, multitenant, and shared-everything computing. Compromises to the integrity of this CPU subsystem with low-level, hardware-centric attacks pose a threat to applications and data that reside in the system. FOCP-based computing platform architectures provide a robust approach for offloading embedded and management functions."IDC anticipates OEM vendors and service providers to continue to drive differentiation in their products and services by investing in FOCP-based platforms and services. The more the offload, the more differentiated the service," said Ashish Nadkarni, group VP, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies at IDC.

Table of contents

Executive Snapshot

New Market Developments and Dynamics


Approaches to Preserving Platform Integrity

Level 1: Software Based

Level 2: Processor Based

Level 3: Coprocessor Based

Function Offload Coprocessors

Benefits of an FOCP-Based Computing Platform

Tamper-Proof Architecture

Uniform Resource Utilization

Ability to Enable Offloading of Additional Functions and Payloads

Evolution of Use Cases for FOCPs

Stage 1: Virtual Networking

Stage 2: Distributed Security

Stage 3: Full Embedded Offload

Stage 4: Cloud-Native Workload Optimization

Stage 5: Full Management Offload

Vendor Examples

AWS Nitro


Mellanox ConnectX

Taxonomy Guidance

Advice for the Technology Supplier and Services Provider

Technology Suppliers

Service Providers

Advice for the Technology Buyer

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