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Sharp and KDDI to build Asia’s largest data centre

Written by Thu 6 Jun 2024

Telecommunications company, KDDI, has announced that with electronics company, Sharp, it will build Asia’s largest data centre on the former Sharp Sakai Plant in Osaka, Japan.

The companies are considering deploying an artificial intelligence (AI) computing platform equipped with and estimated 1,000 units of NVIDIA’s sGB200 NVL72 technology which is the newest server racks intended to train and run AI models. These racks include 72 GPUs built on NVIDIA’s Blackwell architecture.

The company is also discussing Supermicro’s provision of a platform capable of efficiently managing heat generation. 

It is anticipated that the former Sharp Sakai Plant will offer sufficient electric power and space to meet the AI data centre’s electricity needs. Datasection will be responsible for supporting the operation of the AI data centre, while KDDI will provide support for the project, overseeing both construction and operation in addition to supplying network infrastructure.

KDDI has launched WAKONX, a new business platform tailored for the AI era, offering industry-specific networks and AI services. 

This initiative aligns with ‘KDDI VISION 2030’, which aims to enhance connectivity. Through the establishment of the AI Data Center, KDDI aims to foster collaboration across diverse industries, ultimately contributing to the revitalization of the entire Japanese economy.

Currently, no further details regarding the size and capacity of the data centre havebeen announced.

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Written by Thu 6 Jun 2024

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