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Schneider Electric collaborates with NVIDIA on designs for AI data centres

Wed 20 Mar 2024

Schneider Electric has announced a collaboration with NVIDIA to optimise data centre infrastructure and facilitate advancements in edge artificial intelligence (AI) digital twin technology.

Schneider Electric will use its data centre infrastructure knowledge and NVIDIA’s advanced AI technologies to introduce the first publicly available AI data centre reference designs. These designs aim to establish new benchmarks for AI deployment and operation within data centre ecosystems

“This provides organisations with the necessary infrastructure to tap into the potential of AI, driving innovation and digital transformation across industries,” said Ian Buck, Vice President of Hyperscale and High-Performance Computing (HPC) at NVIDIA.

Schneider Electric said the need for processing power has surged exponentially with AI applications gaining traction across industries than traditional computing.

The emergence of AI has led to significant changes and challenges in data centre design and operation. Schneider Electric said data centre operators are focused on building and managing energy-stable facilities that are both energy-efficient and scalable.

In the collaboration’s first phase, Schneider Electric will introduce cutting-edge data centre reference designs tailored for NVIDIA accelerated computing clusters and built for data processing, engineering simulation, electronic design automation, computer-aided drug design, and generative AI. 

Special focus will be on enabling high-power distribution, liquid-cooling systems, and controls designed to ensure simple commissioning and reliable operations for the extreme-density cluster.

Executive Vice President of Secure Power Division and Data Centre Business at Schneider Electric, Pankaj Sharma, said the collaboration with NVIDIA aims to ‘pave the way’ for a more efficient, sustainable, and transformative future’ powered by AI.

“By combining our expertise in data centre solutions with NVIDIA’s leadership in AI technologies, we are helping organisations to overcome data centre infrastructure limitations,” said Sharma.

Collaboration to Support Data Centre Operators

Through the collaboration, Schneider Electric aims to provide data centre owners and operators with the tools and resources necessary to seamlessly integrate new and evolving AI solutions into their infrastructure, enhancing deployment efficiency, and ensuring reliable life-cycle operation.

In response to the changing requirements of AI workloads, the reference designs will provide a comprehensive framework for integrating NVIDIA’s accelerated computing platform into data centres, with a focus on enhancing performance, scalability, and sustainability.

Partners, engineers, and data centre leaders can leverage these reference designs for both existing data centre environments requiring support for high-density AI servers and new data centre constructions optimised for liquid-cooled AI clusters.

AVEVA Integration and Future Roadmap

Alongside the data centre reference design collaboration, a subsidiary of Scheider Electric, AVEVA, will integrate its digital twin platform with the NVIDIA Omniverse facilitating virtual simulation and collaboration. 

This integration aims to streamline collaboration among designers, engineers, and stakeholders, expediting complex system design and deployment, and reducing time-to-market and costs.

CEO of AVEVA, Caspar Herzberg, said together, AVEVA and NVIDIA are creating a fully simulation industrial reality where processes and model outcomes can be simulated and effect change in reality.

“This merging of digital intelligence and real-world outcomes has the potential to transform how industries can operate more safely, more efficiently and more sustainably,” said Herzberg.

In collaboration with NVIDIA, Schneider Electric plans to explore new use cases and applications across industries and further its vision of driving positive change and shaping the future of technology.

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