The idea of having a connected platform where industrial, architectural, and other facilities can be modeled with real-world physics and pixel-accurate replication is coming closer to fruition. At NVIDIA’s GTC conference, they announced a way to make their vision for Omniverse more accessible to more users: Omniverse Cloud.
This is NVIDIA’s first Software-as-a-service offering of its kind, and moves Omniverse away from being run on only specialized hardware towards being a comprehensive cloud platform for modelers to work. Based on the Universal Scene Description format, NVIDIA is positioning Omniverse as the primary location for 3D development across a variety of industries, including several key AEC partners for developing digital twins and as-built models.
Using Omniverse Cloud, individuals and teams can design and collaborate on 3D workflows without the need for any local compute power - which has been a barrier to these graphics-heavy simulations for those without the required hardware. Within Omniverse Cloud, this opens up a potential plethora of use cases. From enabling roboticists to test and deploy AI-enabled intelligent machines virtually, before a single piece is soldered, to autonomous vehicle engineers generating physically-based sensor data and simulate traffic scenarios to test a variety of road and weather conditions for safe self-driving deployment.
“The metaverse, the 3D internet, connects virtual 3D worlds described in USD and viewed through a simulation engine,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “With Omniverse in the cloud, we can connect teams worldwide to design, build, and operate virtual worlds and digital twins.”
Building on the partnership announced earlier this year, Siemens, a leader in industrial automation hardware and software, is working closely with NVIDIA to leverage Omniverse Cloud and NVIDIA OVX™ infrastructure together to deliver solutions from the Siemens Xcelerator business platform.
“An open ecosystem is a central design principle for the Siemens Xcelerator digital business platform,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, president and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries Software.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with NVIDIA, develop integrations between Siemens Xcelerator and Omniverse Cloud, and enable an industrial metaverse where companies can remotely connect their organizations and operate in real time across the complete product and production lifecycle.”
Omniverse Cloud services run on the Omniverse Cloud Computer, a computing system comprised of NVIDIA OVX™ for graphics and physics simulation, NVIDIA HGX™ for advanced AI workloads and the NVIDIA Graphics Delivery Network (GDN), a global-scale distributed data center network for delivering high-performance, low-latency metaverse graphics at the edge.