HPC Storage Move Strengthens Nvidia’s Data Center Position

Nvidia announced Monday that it has acquired Tel Aviv, Israel-based Excelero. The move strengthens Nvidia’s position in the data center space: Excelero is a software-defined storage vendor specializing in NVM Express (NVMe)-based storage for networks and clouds.

“The company’s team of engineers, including seasoned co-founders with decades of experience in HPC, storage and networking, bring deep expertise to the block storage that large companies use in storage-area networks,” said Suresh Ollala. Ollala is Senior Director of Engineering for NGC Storage and Data platform services at NVIDIA.

Ollala said Excelero will be working on expanding block storage support in NVidia’s enterprise software stack in the future. Ollala explained that Excelero’s technology will be essential to Nvidia’s DOCA software framework used in the BlueField line of data processing units (DPUs).

Excelero and Nvidia have been working together for a long time, Ollala noted.

“The company has been an NVIDIA partner since its inception and has attracted the former Mellanox, now part of NVIDIA, as an investor. We collaborated to accelerate storage with RDMA, a key technology at the heart of both InfiniBand and RoCE (Ethernet) networks,” the organization said.

Nvidia appears undaunted in its plans for data center dominance after its failed attempt to acquire SoftBank semiconductor maker Arm.

Nvidia said it will honor Excelero contracts, but in the future, the technology will be fully integrated into Nvidia’s enterprise software stack.

In addition to Excelero, Nvidia announced plans in January to acquire Bright Computing, a maker of high-performance computing (HPC) cluster management software. Bright’s software helps automate the creation and management of Linux-based computing clusters in the cloud and hybrid cloud environments.

The company has seen strong growth in its data center business in recent quarters. Nvidia’s data center-related revenue grew 71% year over year, driven by the rise of AI. The company has used its processors extensively in data centers and expects the trend to continue with new system-on-a-chip (SoC) innovations and other new products hitting the market this year and next.

Meta recently took the wraps off a new AI Research SuperCluster (RSC) supercomputer, which it says will help build the metaverse by developing newer and better AI models. Nvidia plays a pivotal role as the RSC includes Nvidia’s DGX A100 systems for its AI data center infrastructure. The companies plan to expand the RSC to much larger proportions over time.

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