Software Defined, Hardware Assisted: Diversifying Beyond the CPU in the Datacenter

Software Defined, Hardware Assisted: Diversifying Beyond the CPU in the Datacenter

  • December 2020 •
  • 13 pages •
  • Report ID: 5999360 •
  • Format: PDF
This IDC Market Perspective analyzes the emerging approaches to accelerating datacenter compute around key workloads such as AI, security, media encoding, and cryptocurrency mining as well as long-established elements such as data compression and encryption. It looks across CPU, GPU, FPGA, and ASIC forms of compute acceleration, the key vendors supplying the market, the different forms such accelerators can take, and the solutions that enable software developers to target these compute accelerators more easily and consistently."As the world increasingly moves to digital solutions, many emerging data driven workloads are finding themselves performance constrained using traditional server architectures and CPUs," said Andrew Buss, research director, IDC European Enterprise Infrastructure. "Increasingly, software is targeting the deployment to datacenter compute accelerators such as GPUs, FPGAs, and ASICs to reach levels of performance in a rack that would otherwise require an entire data hall to achieve."