Drives & Controls Magazine May 2023

n TECHNOLOGY MICROSOFT AND NVIDIA are collaborating to offer “hundreds of millions” of Microsoft enterprise users access to the industrial metaverse and to AI supercomputing resources via the cloud. Microsoft’s Azure cloud will host two new Nvidia services: n Nvidia Omniverse Cloud – a platform-as-a-service giving instant access to an environment for designing, developing, deploying and managing industrial metaverse applications; and n Nvidia DGX Cloud – an AI supercomputing service that gives access to the infrastructure and software needed to train advanced models for generative AI and other applications. The two companies are also linking their productivity and 3D collaboration platforms by connecting Microsoft 365 applications — such as Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint — with Nvidia’s Omniverse platform for building and operating 3D industrial metaverse applications. They say their collaboration will accelerate enterprises’ ability to digitalise their operations, engage in the industrial metaverse, and train advanced models for generative AI and other uses. “The world’s largest companies are racing to digitalise every aspect of their business and re-invent themselves as softwaredefined technology companies,” says Nvidia’s founder and CEO, Jensen Huang. “Nvidia AI and Omniverse supercharge industrial digitalisation. Building Nvidia Omniverse Cloud within Microsoft Azure brings customers the best of our combined capabilities.” “The next wave of computing is being born,” adds Microsoft chairman and CEO, Satya Nadella. “Between nextgeneration immersive experiences and advanced foundational AI models, we see the emergence of a new computing platform. “Together with Nvidia, we’re focused on both building out services that bridge the digital and physical worlds to automate, simulate and predict every business process, and bringing the most powerful AI supercomputer to customers globally.” With Omniverse connected to Azure digital twins and the IoT, companies can link realtime data from sensors to their digital replicas. This will allow them to build and operate more accurate, dynamic, functional 3D digital twins that respond automatically to changes in the physical environment. Omniverse Cloud will be available on Azure in the second half of the year, while DGX Cloud will be available running in Azure in the next quarter, offering users Nvidia DGX AI supercomputing and software, rented on a monthly basis. en-us/omniverse en-gb Microsoft and Nvidia deliver industrial metaverse and AI via the cloud Enclosures from the smallest to the largest. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang: supercharging industrial digitalisation