Nvidia buys network company Cumulus Networks for an unknown amount of money

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Now it will be closed source.
     
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    I would like to sell my soul to Nvidia for an undisclosed amount of money ! :D
     

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    Sounds like an interesting project, though I don't really understand why Nvidia had to buy out Cumulus Networks to do this. Seems like something they could've done themselves.
     
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    I would imagine for all the reasons you typically buy out a company - existing support, brand awareness, time to market, in this case perhaps overall cost, etc.

    They bought Mellanox - this platform already supports Mellanox - presumably their next generation DGX machines will utilize their infiniband controllers and Cumulus software and that could only be done if they purchased both companies and not spend a year or so building out their own software.

    Within the span of two company purchases Nvidia basically created it's own scalable super-computing stack. They are definitely gearing up to battle with Intel in HPC - they probably know they are on a timetable and need to get all this stuff together and on the market before Intel manages to bring it's product to the table.
     
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    So NVIDIA is lazy again.
     
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    Kind of a dumb take but sure.
     
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    I understand that, but the bulk of the work Nvidia is putting into this AI is their own, not from Cumulus. Cumulus basically just created a foundation Nvidia can work on; an open-source one. Nvidia doesn't need Cumulus to achieve their goal. It likely would've been cheaper to just pay them for a little extra support wherever needed.

    The Mellanox purchase, on the other hand, did make sense, because it allowed Nvidia to tamper with the designs in addition to the other things you said.
     
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    That's not how this works.
     

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