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Singtel unveils next-gen data centres to support AI boom

Wed 6 Dec 2023

In response to the escalating global demand for AI, Singtel is developing a new generation of environmentally-friendly and highly-connected AI data centres.

These facilities are designed to efficiently manage the heavy demands of AI workloads, particularly those requiring high power density due to the extensive use of power-intensive and heat-generating GPUs.

Bill Chang, CEO of Singtel’s Digital InfraCo unit, highlighted the inflection point in the data centre industry towards the need for sustainable and hyper-connected AI facilities.

“This is why we are building our fourth generation data centre platform specifically tailored for such intense compute environments,” said Chang.

These AI data centres will incorporate advanced cooling solutions and real-time server monitoring platforms, crucial for managing the demands of AI workloads and expensive GPU clusters.

Chang also mentioned that within these AI data centres, Singtel will offer core services such as cloud co-location, managed hosting, and GPU-as-a-Service.

“We see growing demand from both enterprises and cloud companies to leverage our GPU cluster to complement their environments with greater agility in these AI data centres as well,” said Chang.

The data centres will also be integrated with Singtel’s fixed and 5G mobile networks, orchestrated by Singtel’s patented Paragon platform. This integration will enable smart devices, like robotics and autonomous systems, to connect to AI clusters at high bandwidth and low latencies.

Three AI Data Centres On The Way

The upcoming DC Tuas, Singtel’s largest data centre with a 58MW capacity, is an example of this new generation. It features innovative liquid cooling capabilities and is constructed with lower carbon embedded materials, targeting a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of around 1.23 at full load.

DC Tuas serves as an integrated submarine cable landing station, offering exceptional global connectivity and carrier neutrality, positioning Singapore as a key hub for hosting AI workloads in Asia.

In addition to DC Tuas, Singtel is expanding its footprint in Thailand and Indonesia with two other state-of-the-art data centre projects. This expansion, supported by a £316.9 million ($398.9 million) green loan and a significant investment from global firm KKR, will boost Singtel’s total data centre capacity beyond 200MW.

Singtel is also transitioning to green and renewable energy sources for its data centres, further reducing their carbon footprint.

The development of these AI data centres by Singtel is timely, as the global GPUaaS market is projected to grow from £2.5 billion ($3.16 billion) in 2023 to £20.2 billion ($25.53 billion) by 2030, with the Asia Pacific region expected to see the highest growth rate.

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