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[CNBC] Nvidia nears deal to acquire Mellanox Technologies for more than $7 billion, source says

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Chipmaker Nvidia is nearing a deal to acquire peer Mellanox Technologies for more than $7 billion in cash, a person familiar with the matter said Sunday.

The deal would be Nvidia's biggest-ever acquisition and boost its business of making chips for data centers, allowing it to reduce its reliance on the video game industry, for which it is best known as a major technology vendor.
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Mellanox's chips power high-speed networks connecting servers. The company, which is based in Israel and the United States, had a market capitalization at the end of trading on Friday of about $5.9 billion.
Seems like nvidia are branching out. Makes sense considering everything wrong that they have done in the GPU market that cased decrease in income.
1B$ over market is pretty bold to pay.
I also wonder if they will stop there to reduce GPU reliance.


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Feels as though this is to acquire know how for faster connectivity. Maybe working towards Chiplets design like AMD?

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"Mellanox Technologies provides InfiniBand and Ethernet network adapters and switches for servers and storage used in enterprise data centers and also makes its own integrated circuits to support the Ethernet and InfiniBand protocol. Mellanox offers interconnect products: adapters, switches, cables, software and silicon for a range of markets including high-performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services."

Hmm. I wonder what they'll do with this tech.

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"Mellanox Technologies provides InfiniBand and Ethernet network adapters and switches for servers and storage used in enterprise data centers and also makes its own integrated circuits to support the Ethernet and InfiniBand protocol. Mellanox offers interconnect products: adapters, switches, cables, software and silicon for a range of markets including high-performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services."

Hmm. I wonder what they'll do with this tech.
interconnects for server clusters?

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"In 2017-2018 IBM and Nvidia delivered two supercomputers for the US Department of Energy named "Summit" and "Sierra", which combine IBM's POWER9 family of CPUs and Nvidia's Volta architecture, using NVLink 2.0 for the CPU-GPU and GPU-GPU interconnects and InfiniBand EDR for the system interconnects."

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It's Official now, NV bought Mellanox.
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Well then.

They're probably looking for ways to scale out their SLI / NV Link technology to better deploy something like this. It's essentially a lot of GPU processors all linked together by networks.

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Wonder if this was a move to grab them up before intel did.


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Almost certainly for an interconnect between Nvidia GPU compute nodes in the supercomputer space. Think NVLink across 100's or 1000's of GPU's in multiple chassis. Switched via a technology that is spawned from this investment.

Infiniband QDR and above is already used to interconnect compute nodes for memory sharing etc... But currently does not allow for sharing of GPU memory. Think this would be pretty groundbreaking for supercomputing performance, having 1000's of GPU's with direct cross memory access to each other.

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They already use Infiniband adapters from Mellanox for their deep learning clusters and such. Nothing new is really happening here right now. Intel was going to buy them and kill off Infiniband entirely since it competes with their Omni-Path, which would mean Nvidia would have to switch from Infiniband to Omni and reach deals with Intel. Intel and Nvidia dont get along so that was bad news for Nvidia. So Nvidia bought the company instead. This is a better outcome for us than Intel buying them, since this way Infiniband will still exist at least. Most likely we will see Nvidia make it proprietary though. Either outcome of this sale is still bad news for AMD.
And now the only thing up in the air is whether Nvidia maintains the Ethernet division of Mellanox or not. Right now the Infiniband and Ethernet chips are the same and can run both technologies. So it is likely Nvidia wont kill off the Ethernet side, but if they make the Infiniband stuff proprietary for them then the Ethernet chips effectively dies anyway...

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It would be cool if they added Ethernet to their gpu's. Like a console port to monitor GPU usage and such.

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