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Organisations exploring the use of data-processing units (DPU) and infrastructure processing units (IPU) got a boost this week as the Linux Foundation announced a project to make them integral to future data centre and cloud-based infrastructures.

DPUs, IPUs, and smartNICs are programmable networking devices designed to free-up CPUs for better performance in software-defined cloud, compute, networking, storage and security services.

The new plan, called the Open Programmable Infrastructure (OPI) Project calls for creating a community that develops standards for building DPU/IPU-based  architectures. 

OPI will develop technologies designed to simplify network, storage, and security APIs within applications to enable more portable and efficient applications in the cloud and data centre across DevOps, SecOps and NetOps, the Linux Foundation stated.

Founding members of OPI include Dell Technologies, F5, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Marvell, NVIDIA, and Red Hat. OPI joins others such as AWS and AMD working to build smartNICs and DPUs for deployment in edge, colocation, or service-provider networks.

“DPUs and IPUs are great examples of some of the most promising technologies emerging today for cloud and data centre, and OPI is poised to accelerate adoption and opportunity by supporting an ecosystem for DPU and IPU technologies,” said Mike Dolan, senior vice president of Projects at the Linux Foundation.

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