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Digital Realty announces first NVIDIA DGX H100-ready data centre, prepares for AI boom

Written by Mon 10 Jul 2023

Digital Realty has announced its first NVIDIA DGX H100-ready data centre in Osaka, Japan.

Spanning 250,000 square feet, the KIX13 data centre supports NVIDIA’s fourth-generation artificial intelligence system known as DGX H100.

“AI is poised to have a dramatic impact on digital transformation initiatives, and it is critical to have a foundation in place to remove the Data Gravity barriers that inhibit innovation,” said Chris Sharp, Chief Technology Officer at Digital Realty.

Digital Realty asserted that the DGX H100 provides the computational power needed to train present and future state-of-the-art deep learning AI models.

“Business breakthroughs made possible with AI can only be realised if enterprises are able to integrate the technology into their operations,” added Sharp.

The KIX13 data centre was awarded the accreditation for its ability to provide a dedicated, robust, and resilient environment optimised for intensive computing systems deployments at scale.

Digital Realty was one of the first data centre providers to receive the NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Center certification at the launch of the program in 2019.

“Organisations looking to implement enterprise AI are investing in accelerated computing infrastructure, including hardware and software purpose-built for AI, to deploy their models into production quickly,” said Charlie Boyle, Vice President for DGX Systems at NVIDIA.

Recently, NVIDIA became the first chip manufacturer to reach a $1 trillion valuation. AI is swiftly becoming a driving force of innovations in optimisation, preventive maintenance, virtual assistants, fraud detection, anomaly detection, and more.

The success of AI deployments is dependent on data centres that can provide the high-performance cooling, layout and connectivity required for AI to operate highly effectively.

With the high computing needs of AI and growing workload densities, liquid cooling is becoming an attractive option for data centre operators. Digital Realty claims to be making progress in reducing Scope 1 and 2 carbon by 68% and Scope 3 emissions by 24% within the next seven years.

Digital Realty’s KIX13 data centre is one of four facilities owned by the operator in Osaka, Japan. The data centre has a capacity of 21MW.

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Written by Mon 10 Jul 2023

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