NVIDIA Omniverse Cloud Services to build and operate industrial metaverse applications
Now, when it comes to the metaverse, there are two main components that will make it perfect. The first is the user experience. This includes having the right wearables to enjoy the full offering of the metaverse.
The second, which is also the more important component is the 3D world of the metaverse. Since the concept first came into play, one of the biggest challenges for developers is ensuring the 3D worlds of the metaverse can live up to the expectations of users.
Simply put, the 3D metaverse world would need to be as close to reality as possible. And in order to achieve that, developers would need the right tools and infrastructure to design, publish, operate and experience metaverse applications anywhere. This is key especially when it comes to industrial metaverse applications.
With that said, NVIDIA has unveiled its first software and infrastructure-as-a-service offering at GTC 2022. The NVIDIA Omniverse Cloud is a comprehensive suite of cloud services that enable individuals and teams to experience in one click the ability to design and collaborate on 3D workflows without the need for any local compute power.
Roboticists can train, simulate, test and deploy AI-enabled intelligent machines with increased scalability and accessibility. Autonomous vehicle engineers can generate physically based sensor data and simulate traffic scenarios to test a variety of road and weather conditions for safe self-driving deployment.
In his keynote address at GTC 2022, Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA said the metaverse, the 3D internet, connects virtual 3D worlds described in Universal Scene Description and viewed through a simulation engine.
“With Omniverse in the cloud, we can connect teams worldwide to design, build, and operate virtual worlds and digital twins,” commented Huang.
Early supporters of Omniverse Cloud include RIMAC Group, WPP and Siemens. WPP, the world’s largest marketing services organization, is also the first to launch automotive marketing services on Omniverse Cloud to deliver custom, advanced 3D content, and experiences to leading automotive brands.
For Stephan Pretorius, chief technology officer at WPP, the omniverse cloud is changing the way the company builds, shares, and consumes automotive content. This brings sustainable, low-emission production to their customers.
Echoing Pretorius is Tony Hemmelgarn, president and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries Software. Siemens 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. NVIDIA develops 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,” said Hemmelgarn.
Another company, RIMAC, a pioneer in electric vehicle technologies, is using Omniverse Cloud to provide an end-to-end automotive pipeline — from design to marketing. Mate Rimac, founder and CEO of RIMAC pointed out that the Omniverse Cloud will provide similar efficiency and flexibility, enabling their engineering teams to focus on the design of the car model itself, and spend less time on the intricacies of complex 3D design pipelines. Also, the 3D car configurator experience unlocks endless possibilities for customization without having to manually render each layer, which saves time and money.
NVIDIA Omniverse Cloud ecosystem
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.
Omniverse Cloud services also include:
Omniverse Nucleus Cloud — provides 3D designers and teams the freedom to collaborate and access a shared Universal Scene Description (USD)-based 3D scene and data. Nucleus Cloud enables any designer, creator, or developer to save changes, share, make live edits, and view changes in a scene from nearly anywhere.
Omniverse App Streaming — enables users without NVIDIA RTX GPUs to stream Omniverse reference applications like Omniverse Create, an app for designers and creators to build USD-based virtual worlds, Omniverse View, an app for reviews and approvals, and NVIDIA Isaac Sim, for training and testing robots.
Omniverse Replicator — enables researchers, developers , and enterprises to generate physically accurate 3D synthetic data, and easily build custom synthetic-data generation tools to accelerate the training and accuracy of perception networks and easily integrate with NVIDIA AI cloud services.
Omniverse Farm — enables users and enterprises to harness multiple cloud compute instances to scale out Omniverse tasks such as rendering and synthetic data generation.
NVIDIA Isaac Sim — a scalable robotics simulation application and synthetic-data generation tool that powers photorealistic, physically accurate virtual environments to develop, test, and manage AI-based robots.
NVIDIA DRIVE Sim — an end-to-end simulation platform to run large-scale, physically accurate multisensor simulations to support autonomous vehicle development and validation from concept to deployment, improving developer productivity and accelerating time to market.
With all this said, Huang ended his keynote by highlighting that these platforms propel new breakthroughs in AI, new applications of AI, and the next wave of AI for science and industry.
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