While the Meta Metaverse falters the Nvidia Omniverse Continues Forward
Semiconductor giant Nvidia and software giant Microsoft have joined forces to create a metaverse platform that will allow Microsoft Teams to provide real-time 3D collaboration for participants. The partnership between the two companies has been expanding, and at Nvidia’s Spring GTC event this week, they announced that they will provide hundreds of millions of Microsoft enterprise users with cloud access to Nvidia’s industrial metaverse and AI supercomputing resources.
The partners are connecting Microsoft 365 applications such as Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint to Nvidia’s Omniverse metaverse creation platform, which will vastly broaden the potential user base and use cases for Omniverse. Additionally, Microsoft Azure will host Nvidia’s Omniverse Cloud full-stack platform-as-a-service environment for supporting industrial metaverse applications, as well as the new Nvidia DGX Cloud, an AI supercomputing service aimed at providing enterprises with easier access to the infrastructure and software they need to train advanced models for Generative AI and related applications.
The DGX Cloud will be available on Microsoft Azure next quarter, and enterprises will have to wait until later this year for access to the Omniverse Cloud via Azure. When the latter arrives, it will also be connected to Azure Cloud Services Digital Twins and the Internet of Things platform, allowing companies to link real-time data from sensors in the physical world to their digital replicas and create more accurate and functional digital twins.
Microsoft’s closer engagement with Nvidia on the industrial metaverse front is especially interesting as the company has been recalibrating its metaverse aspirations. Microsoft spent a lot of time over the last two years exploring the potential of the evolving metaverse concept and had even planned to acquire Activision Blizzard, but that deal still has not been completed and the company has reportedly eliminated its team pursuing industrial metaverse efforts and laid off 100 employees associated with that team. This could mean that Microsoft will increasingly rely on a partner like Nvidia as it looks to make sense of the metaverse’s market potential.
Nvidia has not stopped hyping the metaverse concept and Omniverse’s role in enabling it, and the company has just unveiled the third generation of its OVX computing system, which is the computing foundation for Omniverse Enterprise. The latest OVX system provides the breakthrough graphics and AI required to accelerate massive digital twin simulations and other demanding applications. Nvidia has also announced six new NVIDIA RTX Ada Lovelace architecture GPUs for laptops and desktops that will help creators, engineers, and data scientists build their virtual worlds and applications.
The partnership between Nvidia and Microsoft is set to bring a new level of collaboration and innovation to the metaverse, and their joint efforts to connect the digital and physical worlds through AI and advanced computing will have far-reaching consequences for industries across the world.