The acquisition will unite two of the world’s leading companies in high performance computing (HPC). Together, Nvidia’s computing platform and Mellanox’s interconnects power over 250 of the world’s Top 500 supercomputers. Furthermore, they have as customers every major cloud service provider and computer maker.
The data and compute intensity of modern workloads in AI, scientific computing, and data analytics is growing exponentially. It has also put enormous performance demands on hyperscale and enterprise datacenters. While computing demand is surging, CPU performance advances are slowing as Moore’s law has ended. This has led to the adoption of accelerated computing with Nvidia GPUs and Mellanox’s intelligent networking solutions.
The architecture of datacenters in the future will be giant compute engines with tens of thousands of compute nodes, with a holistic design for optimal performance.
With Mellanox, Nvidia will optimize datacenter-scale workloads across the entire computing, networking and storage stack to achieve higher performance, greater utilization and also lower operating cost for customers.
“AI, data science, and billions of simultaneous computer users fuel demand on the world’s datacenters,” said Jensen Huang, Nvidia. “Addressing this demand will require holistic architectures that connect vast numbers of fast computing nodes over intelligent networking fabrics to therefore form a giant datacenter-scale compute engine. We’re excited to unite Nvidia’s accelerated computing platform with Mellanox’s accelerated networking platform under one roof. Consequently, we will be able to create next-generation datacenter-scale computing solutions.”
“We share the same vision for accelerated computing as Nvidia,” said Eyal Waldman, Mellanox. “Combining our two companies comes as a natural extension of our longstanding partnership and is a great fit given our common performance-driven cultures. This combination will foster the creation of powerful technology and fantastic opportunities for our people.”
The companies have a long history of collaboration and joint innovation, reflected in their recent contributions in building the world’s two fastest supercomputers, Sierra and Summit, operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. Many of the world’s top cloud service providers also use both Nvidia GPUs and Mellanox interconnects. Nvidia and Mellanox share a common performance-centric culture that will enable seamless integration.