NVIDIA DOCA Software Framework

Accelerate application development for the NVIDIA BlueField networking platform.

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NVIDIA DOCA™ is the key to unlocking the potential of the NVIDIA® BlueField® networking platform to offload, accelerate, and isolate data center workloads. With DOCA, developers can program the data center infrastructure of tomorrow by creating software-defined, cloud-native, DPU- and SuperNIC-accelerated services with zero-trust protection to address the increasing performance and security demands of modern data centers.

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DOCA Software

DOCA software framework

Together, DOCA and the BlueField networking platform enable the development of applications that deliver breakthrough networking, security, and storage performance with a comprehensive, open development platform. BlueField isolates the infrastructure service domain from the workload domain to offer significant improvements in application and server performance, security, and efficiency, giving developers all the tools they need to realize the optimal, secure, accelerated data center.

DOCA software consists of an SDK and a runtime environment. The DOCA SDK provides industry-standard open APIs and software frameworks. The SDK supports a range of operating systems and distributions and includes drivers, libraries, tools, documentation, and example applications. The DOCA runtime includes tools for provisioning, deploying, and orchestrating containerized services on hundreds or thousands of DPUs and SuperNICs across the data center.

 NVIDIA BlueField-3 Networking Platform (DPU and SuperNIC side-by-side)

BlueField Networking Platform With DOCA

The NVIDIA BlueField networking platform is an advanced computing platform for data center infrastructure, delivering accelerated software-defined networking, storage, security, and management services at massive scale.

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DOCA software provides backward compatibility

Forward & Backward Compatibility

DOCA provides multi-generational support to offer developers the confidence that applications developed today will consistently run with added performance benefits on all future generations of BlueField.

 DOCA helps offload, accelerate, and isolate infrastructure

Offload, Accelerate, Isolate Infrastructure

Network, storage and security services are offloaded, accelerated, and isolated on BlueField while data is securely delivered to workloads at wire speed.

DOCA helps accelerate open ecosystem development

Open Ecosystem

DOCA offers a software application framework to accelerate ecosystem development.

Access DOCA documentation to view the SDK programming guides, API references, and more.

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SDK Key Components

  • Industry-standard APIs: DPDK, SPDK, P4, Linux Netlink
  • Network acceleration SDK: NVIDIA Accelerated Switching and Packet Processing (ASAP2)™ software-defined networking (SDN), emulated VirtIO, P4, 5T for 5G technology, Firefly time synchronization
  • Security acceleration SDK: inline cryptography, deep packet inspection
  • Storage acceleration SDK: storage emulation and virtualization, crypto and compression
  • Remote direct-memory access (RDMA) acceleration SDK: unified communications and collaboration (UCC) and Unified Communication X (UCX), RDMA verbs, GPUDirect®
  • Management SDK: deployment, provisioning, service orchestration
  • User space and kernel
DOCA SDK key components

BlueField Networking Platform Image and Drivers

BlueField OS and drivers
  • The BlueField Software includes the bootloader, OS kernel, necessary network interface card (NIC) firmware, NVIDIA drivers, sample filesystem, and toolchain—all certified as part of the NVIDIA NGC™ catalog.
  • Ubuntu Server 22.04 ships with NVIDIA BlueField DPUs and SuperNICs as commercial-grade Linux distribution with continuous OS and security updates.
  • DOCA software is available on every leading operating system as a standalone package without a bundled OS for Arm® and x86 architectures.

DOCA Training

Introduction to DOCA for DPUs

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Introduction to DOCA for DPUs

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Getting Started with DOCA Flow

Self Paced Course

Getting Started with DOCA Flow

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DOCA GTC Session Playlist


DOCA GTC Session Playlist

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Introduction to Developing Applications with NVIDIA DOCA on BlueField DPUs Webinar

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Introduction to Developing Applications with NVIDIA DOCA on BlueField DPUs Webinar

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DOCA Ecosystem Partners

NVIDIA is working with leading platform vendors and partners to integrate and expand DOCA support for commercial distributions on NVIDIA BlueField.

DOCA Partner - Aria Cybersecurity Solutions
DOCA Partner - Canonical
DOCA Partner - Check Point Software Technologies
DOCA Partner - DDN
DOCA Partner - DELL Technologies
DOCA Partner - Fortinet
DOCA Partner - IBM
DOCA Partner - Juniper Networks
DOCA Partner - Nebulon
DOCA Partner - Palo Alto Networks
DOCA Partner - NetApp
DOCA Partner - Red Hat
DOCA Partner - Supermicro
DOCA Partner - Vast
DOCA Partner - Versa Networks
DOCA Partner - VMware
DOCA Partner - Weka

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Configure Host-Based Firewall with NVIDIA BlueField

Watch this demo to learn how to apply a drop rule to BlueField using NVIDIA DOCA software to allow initiated connections within the server to be established.

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Delivering an AI-Ready Infrastructure Today for Powering the AI Factories of Tomorrow

Watch this session to learn what an AI-ready infrastructure is and how NVIDIA DPU and GPU technologies converge to accelerate computing for AI workloads.

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BlueField Runtime and Driver Downloads

Download the BlueField DPU and SuperNIC runtime image and drivers below.