This IDC Market Perspective examines function offload coprocessors (FOCPs). The current central processing unit architecture deployed in datacenters, edge devices, and consumer handhelds has started to show its limitations in the era of hyperscale, multitenant, and shared-everything computing. Compromises to the integrity of this CPU subsystem with low-level, hardware-centric attacks pose a threat to applications and data that reside in the system. FOCP-based computing platform architectures provide a robust approach for offloading embedded and management functions.

"IDC anticipates OEM vendors and service providers to continue to drive differentiation in their products and services by investing in FOCP-based platforms and services. The more the offload, the more differentiated the service," said Ashish Nadkarni, group VP, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies at IDC.



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