Technica Presentation

15 September 2022 – 1300-1500 hours eastern

Data Processing Units (DPUs) will be Pervasive in Next-Generation Data Centers

Mr. Douglas Stickler – Technica, Vice President Business Development
Mr. Jai Menon – Fungible, Chief Scientist

Event Description
More and more of the cores of general-purpose servers are being consumed by data-centric tasks such as networking, storage, security, and data analytics. General-purpose CPUs are ill-suited for these data-centric tasks which require the stateful processing of multiple high bandwidth streams of data. As networking and storage speeds continue to increase rapidly, the problem is only getting worse. This has led to the development of a new class of programmable processor called the DPU or data processing unit which are 10x faster at data-centric tasks than general-purpose CPUs. Such DPUs will coexist with CPUs and GPUs in modern data centers.

In this talk, we will discuss the market dynamics driving the emergence of DPUs.

We discuss DPUs using the Fungible DPU as an example. We describe how DPUs are being used and the kind of differentiated products that can and are being built using DPUs. We show that DPU-based storage is architecturally superior for data management and storage solutions compared to CPU-based storage and how it can be anywhere from 3x-10x better on critical metrics like cost, performance, power and rack density. Such DPU-based storage can also significantly accelerate data analytics and decision-making.

We conclude with a vision of a next-generation data center which will use CPUs, GPUs and DPUs. This next-generation data center relies on DPUs to disaggregate expensive resources such as SSDs and GPUs and will be shown to improve the performance, TCO, agility, reliability, and security of data centers. We predict that DPUs will be pervasively used in data centers of the future.

Who Should Attend?
This event is open to the public for those who are eager to enhance the effectiveness of the Department of the Army Defense Cyber Operations (DCO) cyberspace and cybersecurity infrastructure through critical research, experiments, development, testing, and the development of innovative technologies. US Government (military and civilian), contractors, SOSSEC members and non-members are encouraged and welcome to attend to learn more about successful technology collaboration from these Cyber Talk briefings. The recommended audience is for: program managers, development teams; engineers, architects; security managers; security specialists; system administrators; and analysts who work in DoD cyberspace.

About The Consortium
The purpose of the Army’s Cyber Operations Broad Responsive Agreement (COBRA) is to spur innovative development, demonstration, and expedited delivery of prototypes for Warfighter readiness. When awarded an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) there is a requirement to join the System of Systems Consortium (SOSSEC), the consortium manager for Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). For more information on joining the consortium, please go to

COVID-19 Restrictions
Due to the restrictions on group gatherings imposed by the COVID-19 conditions, this Cyber Talk will be executed virtually. To participate, please use the Zoom for Government link listed above or follow this link:

Any questions about the event or joining the consortium can be directed to Ed Aguirre of SOSSEC, Inc. at