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This user manual describes NVIDIA® BlueField®-2 InfiniBand/VPI Programmable DPU (data processing unit). It provides details as to the interfaces of the board, specifications, required software and firmware for operating the board, and a step-by-step plan of how to bring up the BlueField-2 DPUs.

Ordering Part Numbers

The tables below list the ordering part numbers (OPNs) for available BlueField-2 DPUs in two form factors: Half-Height Half-Length (HHHL) DPUs and Full-Height Half-Length (FHHL) DPUs, respectively.

Half-Height Half-Length (HHHL) DPUs

OPNSeries/ Core SpeedMax SpeedNo. of PortsPCIe SupportCryptoSecure Boot1GbE OOBOn-board
DDR Memory
On-board eMMC Memory

MBF2M345A-HECOT

E-Series/ 2.0GHz

200GbE/HDR

1xQSFP56

Gen 4.0 x16

16GB

64GB

MBF2M345A-HESOT

E-Series/ 2.0GHz

200GbE/HDR

1xQSFP56

Gen 4.0 x16

-

16GB

64GB

Full-Height Half-Length (FHHL) DPUs - P-Series / 2.75GHz

All the below OPNs require supplementary power to be fed via the DPU's onboard 6-pin ATX power supply connector.

OPNSeries/ Core SpeedMax SpeedNo. of PortsPCIe SupportCryptoSecure Boot1GbE OOBIntegrated BMCExternal
Power
On-board
DDR Memory

On-board eMMC Memory (1)

MBF2H516A-EEEOT

P-Series/ 2.75GHz

100GbE/EDR/HDR100

2xQSFP56

Gen 4.0 x16

-

-

16GB

64GB

MBF2H516A-EENOT

P-Series/ 2.75GHz

100GbE/EDR/HDR100

2xQSFP56

Gen 4.0 x16

-

-

-

16GB

64GB

MBF2H516C-EECOTP-Series/ 2.75GHz100GbE/EDR/HDR1002xQSFP56Gen 4.0 x1616GB128GB
MBF2H516C-EESOTP-Series/ 2.75GHz100GbE/EDR/HDR1002xQSFP56Gen 4.0 x16-16GB128GB

(1) eMMC 128GB memory is effectively 40GB with high durability.

Full-Height Half-Length (FHHL) DPUs - E-Series / 2.0GHz

OPNSeries/ Core SpeedMax SpeedNo. of PortsPCIe SupportCryptoSecure Boot1GbE OOBIntegrated BMCOn-board
DDR Memory

On-board eMMC Memory (1)

PPS IN/OUT

MBF2M516A-EECOT

E-Series/ 2.0GHz

100GbE/EDR/HDR100

2xQSFP56

Gen 4.0 x16

-

16GB

64GB

-

MBF2M516A-EEEOT

E-Series/ 2.0GHz

100GbE/EDR/HDR100

2xQSFP56

Gen 4.0 x16

-

-

16GB

64GB

-

MBF2M516A-EENOT

E-Series/ 2.0GHz

100GbE/EDR/HDR100

2xQSFP56

Gen 4.0 x16

-

-

-

16GB

64GB

-
MBF2M516C-EECOTE-Series/ 2.0GHz100GbE/EDR/HDR1002xQSFP56Gen 4.0 x1616GB128GB
MBF2M516C-EESOTE-Series/ 2.0GHz100GbE/EDR/HDR1002xQSFP56Gen 4.0 x16-16GB128GB

(1) eMMC 128GB memory is effectively 40GB with high durability.

Intended Audience

This manual is intended for the installer and user of these cards. The manual assumes basic familiarity with InfiniBand/VPI network and architecture specifications.

Technical Support

Customers who purchased NVIDIA products directly from NVIDIA are invited to contact us through the following methods:

Related Documentation

InfiniBand Architecture SpecificationInfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) InfiniBand® specification Release 1.3.1, November 2, 2016 and Vol. 2, Release 1.4 - see https://www.infinibandta.org
IEEE Std 802.3 SpecificationIEEE Ethernet specification at http://standards.ieee.org
PCI Express SpecificationsIndustry Standard PCI Express Base and Card Electromechanical Specifications at https://pcisig.com/specifications
NVIDIA LinkX Interconnect Solutions

The NVIDIA® LinkX® product family of cables and transceivers provides the industry’s most complete line of products for Cloud, HPC, Web 2.0, Enterprise, telco, storage and artificial intelligence, data center applications. Read more at https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/networking/interconnect/

BlueField DPU OS ManualNVIDIA® BlueField® DPU operating system (OS) is a reference Linux distribution based on the Ubuntu Server distribution extended to include DOCA runtime libraries, the DOCA Runtime stack for Arm and a Linux kernel that supports various accelerations for storage, networking, and security. As such, customers can run any Linux-based applications in the BlueField software environment seamlessly. The BlueField DPU OS manual is available at: BlueField DPU OS 3.9.2.
DOCA SDK Software Documentation The NVIDIA DOCA™ SDK enables developers to rapidly create applications and services on top of NVIDIA® BlueField® data processing units (DPUs), leveraging industry-standard APIs. With DOCA, developers can deliver breakthrough networking, security, and storage performance by harnessing the power of NVIDIA's DPUs. NVIDIA DOCA SDK software available at https://docs.nvidia.com/doca/sdk.
BlueField BMC SW ManualBMC software enables control and management of the baseboard management controller’s (BMC) hardware components. The BlueField-2 BMC Software UM is available at: BlueField BMC Software UM.

Document Conventions

When discussing memory sizes, GB and GBytes are used in this document to mean size in Gigabytes. The use of Gb or Gbits (small b) indicates the size in Gigabits. In this document, PCIe is used to mean PCI Express.

Revision History

A list of the changes made to this document is provided in Document Revision History