SC21 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

SmartNICs: The Future or Folly?

Moderator: Ryan Eric Grant (Sandia National Laboratories, University of New Mexico)

Panelists: Gordon Brebner (Xilinx Inc), Richard Graham (Mellanox Technologies Ltd), Steve Poole (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Duncan Roweth (Hewlett Packard Enterprise), Roxana Rusitoru (ARM Ltd)

Abstract: SmartNICs are a new hot topic. With the debut of the first SmartNICs from NVIDIA in the Bluefield line, the Xilinx SN1000s and recent announcements on the expectation of frequent generational succession of new SmartNICs, this topic is one of the fastest moving new areas in HPC. Many other industrial efforts have produced SmartNIC designs that are relevant to the HPC community, but as they are a new technology no single design/architecture has dominated, leading to a diverse ecosystem of SmartNIC designs.

This panel will provide the opportunity for attendees to hear from chief architects of SmartNICs from industry leading companies, practitioners using the latest SmartNICs and leaders in SmartNIC standardized APIs. It will address previous efforts at SmartNICs from the early 2000s, why they failed then and debate whether they will be successful now.


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