Hitachi Collaborates with NVIDIA to Accelerate Digital Transformation with Generative AI

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Hitachi announced that it is collaborating with NVIDIA to help accelerate digital transformation with Generative AI by combining Hitachi’s domain solutions in operational technology (OT) and industry experience, including energy, mobility, and connected systems with NVIDIA’s expertise in generative AI.

Digital Transformation with Generative AI

Through this collaboration, generative AI will be extended into the industrial sphere by capturing data generated in the world of OT from various sensors, devices, and industrial machines, and applied to help streamline performance, gain insights, and enable organizations to automate actions that had not previously been possible.

Hitachi, working with NVIDIA, will select an executive leadership team and establish an AI Center of Excellence (CoE) and, in line with strategic milestones, will develop and market industry solutions that integrate Hitachi's domain knowledge in OT with advanced NVIDIA AI software and GPU technologies. Hitachi will invest in expanding the training of engineers on NVIDIA software platforms, including CUDA, NVIDIA AI Enterprise, Omniverse, and Modulus, among other collaborative measures. These efforts will help to pave the way for new innovations.

The NVIDIA-accelerated computing platform supports large-scale language models and creative generation, and its advanced technological capabilities in AI software and simulation are helping to contribute to innovation in many industries, ranging from energy to drug discovery to manufacturing.

About the Collaboration

Next-generation industrial simulation and optimization

Hitachi has crafted a vision for projects, such as by specifically utilizing NVIDIA Omniverse, a platform for connecting and developing OpenUSD applications, and NVIDIA Modulus, a framework for building, training, and fine-tuning physics-machine learning models, Hitachi can develop, simulate and optimize various assets and processes for mission-critical fields, such as energy and transportation in a digital twin environment. The results can then be reflected in the real world, allowing for the collaborative development of large-scale solutions that can, for example, help to accelerate the transition to green energy, helping to enable new innovations in healthcare, or enhancing the safety of transportation systems, while validating and improving their effectiveness.

Hitachi industrial AI solutions on NVIDIA AI Enterprise

Hitachi Lumada’s AI solution library, which Hitachi has built for helping value creation in various industries, will also be integrated with the NVIDIA AI Enterprise and Modulus platforms. Leveraging Hitachi’s design and digital engineering capabilities, these solutions will help to enable customers in various industries, including transportation, energy, industrial, and finance, to accelerate innovation, enhance offerings, and create a new range of intelligent, AI-centric solutions.

Development of a new portfolio of AI solutions “Hitachi iQ”

Enabled by the collaboration, Hitachi Vantara will launch the first offering under the Hitachi iQ portfolio. The new offering will undergo NVIDIA DGX BasePOD certification, providing customers with a certified, integrated solution, built on NVIDIA DGX infrastructure and more reliable storage. Offered through multiple consumption models, Hitachi Vantara will provide customers with mechanisms to consume what is needed, while providing improved on-premises performance and allowing for a better ROI from their AI-enabled storage and data infrastructure. Hitachi iQ will also release a high-end NVIDIA HGX offering, powered by NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs and a set of midrange PCIe-based offerings, consisting of NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core and L40S GPUs*8. As a complement to these products, Hitachi Vantara will also offer NVIDIA AI Enterprise, a software platform comprised of enterprise-grade AI tools and frameworks. Hitachi Vantara will also offer a new Generation 5-based accelerated storage node utilizing the Hitachi Content Software for File storage technology, which will help to enable it to deliver faster storage solutions for complex AI workloads. Hitachi Vantara’s iQ portfolio is expected to be generally available in the first quarter of Hitachi’s fiscal year 2024.

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