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Schneider Electric, NVIDIA partner to optimize designs for AI data centres

March 26, 2024
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Schneider Electric is collaborating with NVIDIA to optimize data center infrastructure and pave the way for advancements in edge artificial intelligence (AI) and digital twin technologies.

Schneider Electric will leverage its expertise in data centre infrastructure and NVIDIA’s advanced AI technologies to introduce publicly available AI data centre reference designs. According to Schneider Electric, these designs are set to redefine the benchmarks for AI deployment and operation within data centre ecosystems.

“We’re unlocking the future of AI for organizations,” said Pankaj Sharma, executive vice-president of Secure Power Division & Data Center Business at Schneider Electric. “By combining our expertise in data centre solutions with NVIDIA’s leadership in AI technologies, we’re helping organizations to overcome data centre infrastructure limitations and unlock the full potential of AI. Our collaboration with NVIDIA paves the way for a more efficient, sustainable, and transformative future, powered by AI.”

In the first phase of this collaboration, Schneider Electric will introduce 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. 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.

According to Schneider Electric, partners, engineers and data centre leaders can use these reference designs for existing data centre rooms that must support new deployments of high-density AI servers and new data center builds that are fully optimized for a liquid-cooled AI cluster.

“Through our collaboration with Schneider Electric, we’re providing AI data centre reference designs using next-generation NVIDIA accelerated computing technologies,” said Ian Buck, vice-president of Hyperscale and HPC at NVIDIA. “This provides organizations with the necessary infrastructure to tap into the potential of AI, driving innovation and digital transformation across industries.”

In addition to the data centre reference designs, AVEVA, a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, will connect its digital twin platform to NVIDIA Omniverse, delivering a unified environment for virtual simulation and collaboration.

“NVIDIA technologies enhance AVEVA’s capabilities in creating a realistic and immersive collaboration experience underpinned by the rich data and capabilities of the AVEVA intelligent digital twin,” said Caspar Herzberg, CEO of AVEVA. “Together, we are creating a fully simulated industrial virtual reality where you can simulate processes, model outcomes, 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.”

In collaboration with NVIDIA, Schneider Electric plans to explore new use cases and applications across industries.

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