ByteDance opens DPU board-based server products for external companies


According to a report from Jiemian News on July 15, knowledgeable sources said that ByteDance’s server product “Elastic Bare Metal (EBM)”, developed by the company’s Volcengine and based on a self-developed DPU board, has been officially released. open for use by external companies.

This product is compatible with the latest computing platforms from Intel and AMD, and can be purchased by external customers from the official Volcengine website. Volcengine EBM adopts software and hardware virtualization technology, which mainly serves high-bandwidth, low-latency and data-intensive application scenarios, such as intelligent driving, biomedicine, network security and other areas.

DPUs (Data Processing Units) are considered by the industry to be the third most important type of computing power chip in data center scenarios, besides CPUs and GPUs. Volcengine is a cloud services platform owned by ByteDance. In early 2020, it started developing its own business of DPU cards, also known as smart network cards, mainly solving virtualization offload and storage optimization problems. Although the core of DPU comes from the IaaS domain of cloud computing, Volcengine sees the value of DPU smart NICs in PaaS, SaaS and storage domains, in combination with Douyin and other companies.

In terms of management architecture, the self-developed DPU boards belong to the innovation center of Volcengine’s cloud computing business, aiming to explore the business that can be achieved in the next five years. According to insiders, the company’s return on investment requirements for the self-developed DPU sector are not as clear as other projects, nor are they defined after evaluating investment and revenue . “The company encourages active exploration in innovative ventures, and there will be moderate investment in manpower and finance. At present, although the size of the team is not large, it can meet the basic requirements of self-developed DPU boards.”

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Last year, Volcengine launched its first generation DPU smart NICs with 32Gbps network bandwidth, 1000W PPS forwarding capacity and around 30W stored IOPS. Although there is still a certain gap between the first-generation products and the top level in the industry, it is a great achievement to apply them on a large scale in just one year. This product realizes minute-level resource delivery during Spring Festival activities in Douyin, ensuring a smooth user experience.


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