Principal Industry Analyst Patrick Moorhead Explores Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs) on

Navin Shenoy, Executive VP and GM for the Data Platforms Group at Intel, presented a vision for Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs) earlier this week in a keynote speech titled “Why You Have Been Thinking About the Future of the Data Center All Wrong” at The Six Five Summit, a strategy event presented by Patrick Moorhead’s company, Moor Insights & Strategy, and Futurum Research. That same day, Moorhead published a detailed article about Shenoy’s keynote and IPUs titled “Intel Announces The ‘Infrastructure Processing Unit’ At The Six Five Summit 2021” on

In the article, Moorhead wrote:

“So, what is an IPU? An IPU is designed to offload the main CPU in the datacenter and edge, which gives more predictable and efficient application performance and enables improved virtualization capabilities that CSPs and carriers are seeking.”

A bit later in the article, he wrote:

“Micro-services are a way to have your cake and eat it too, as you can run them at the most efficient place but keep a sense of management through orchestration. That orchestration, as I will dig into later, creates challenges that an IPU can help solve.”

He discusses some alternatives and then asks:

“But what makes Intel’s IPU different?”

And he immediately answers his own question:

“Intel knows the data center and says it’s the only IPU built in collaboration with hyperscale cloud partners. This would mean that Intel would be able to actively innovate and deliver a product that is already addressing real-world problems. Technically, if you equate its SmartNIC as IPU, Intel is already the IPU volume leader in the IPU market with Xeon-D, FPGA and Ethernet components.”


There’s more detail in the article. Click on the link above to read it in full.


For more information about Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs), see “Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs) intelligently manage and accelerate data center infrastructure” and “Want to know more about how Infrastructure Processing Units (IPUs) are revolutionizing data center architecture? A 4-minute video provides clarity.”




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