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Nvidia Launches Omniverse Cloud SaaS Solution for 3D Modeling and Creation

Nvidia will launch a cloud subscription service for collaborative creation of 3D applications. Called the Omniverse Cloud, this suite of tools will be sold as software as a service (SaaS). The announcement was made during the Nvidia GTC conference on September 20th.

Collaboration, modeling and digital twins

The initiative is presented as a way to prepare for the advent of the “metaverse”, presented as an evolution of the Internet based on the interconnection of interactive worlds in real-time 3D. In fact, the current use cases for Omniverse are focused on collaboration in visual effects studios (film) or industrial design (automotive). Also highlighted are the creation of digital twins (retail, telecommunications, healthcare) or digital simulation for educational purposes or the creation of synthetic data (robotics, autonomous driving).

There are three main tools available in this toolbox: Omniverse App Streaming, which allows you to collaborate in the cloud from “any device”, Omniverse Nucleus Cloud, which is used to share “virtual worlds” (any type of 3D scene), and Omniverse. A farm that takes advantage of the cloud to perform large-scale 3D computing in a distributed manner (such as the classic movie farm).

Most modern graphic design software is compatible with Omniverse thanks to the open Universal Scene Description (USD) file format adopted by Nvidia.

New OVX servers with L40 GPUs

Omniverse uses powerful Nvidia graphics data centers and low-latency streaming technology developed for the GeForce Now cloud gaming service. Nvidia bills this as “graphics delivery network”, a pun on the “content delivery network” (CDN) concept for websites. Enterprise customers can also use it on their internal servers or connect industrial endpoints to it for training purposes.

Nvidia, while remaining primarily a GPU developer, simultaneously announced the second version of its OVX platform, designed specifically for Omniverse features and, in particular, for creating very large-scale digital twins. OVX was introduced in March, and this new version relies on the new L40 GPUs using the Ada Lovelace microarchitecture, which has also just been unveiled.

Manufacturers Inspur, Lenovo, and Supermicro will offer OVX systems from 2023, while Gigabyte, H3C, and QCT also plan to supply them in the future.

Julien Bergounhoux @JBergounhoux

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