Partnership prepares data centres for AI future

Schneider Electric

Tuesday, 26 March, 2024

Partnership prepares data centres for AI future

Schneider Electric has begun a partnership with tech multinational NVIDIA to prepare data centre infrastructure for the resource-heavy demands of artificial intelligence (AI).

The collaboration will produce publicly available AI data centre reference designs that offer a framework for implementing NVIDIA’s accelerated computing platform within data centres.

With AI applications gaining traction across industries, the need for processing power has surged exponentially. This is driving an overhaul of data centre design, as operators work quickly to construct and operate facilities that are both energy efficient and scalable.

“We’re unlocking the future of AI for organisations,” said Natalya Makarochkina, SVP Secure Power International at Schneider Electric. “By combining our expertise in data centre solutions with NVIDIA’s leadership in AI technologies, we’re helping organisations 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 the 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. There will be a special focus on enabling high-power distribution, liquid-cooling systems, and controls designed to ensure simple commissioning and reliable operations for the extreme-density cluster.

The aim is to provide data centre owners and operators with the tools and resources necessary to integrate new and evolving AI solutions into their infrastructure, enhancing deployment efficiency and ensuring reliable life-cycle operation.

Partners, engineers and data centre leaders can utilise the reference designs for existing data centre rooms that must support new deployments of high-density AI servers, as well as for new data centre builds that are fully optimised 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 organisations with the necessary infrastructure to tap into the potential of AI, driving innovation and digital transformation across industries.”

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