Converge ICT and Supermicro to build green AI data centers

Converge ICT Solutions has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with US-based IT solutions provider Supermicro to develop three eco-friendly AI data centers in the Philippines.

According to the MOU, Converge ICT will begin constructing these data centers in Pampanga, Laguna, and Caloocan, following Supermicro’s design and guidance. The project includes the installation of servers using Nvidia GPUs, which will support generative AI applications like a national large language model (LLM), smart manufacturing, and video generation.

“Supermicro’s servers provide exceptional AI computing capabilities and intensive deep learning tasks that will allow us to support and deploy many AI applications,” said Converge CEO and co-founder Dennis Anthony Uy in a statement.

Uy added that the new data centers will also incorporate Supermicro’s liquid cooling solutions in its servers that will significantly reduce power consumption, resulting in lower overall data center costs and less impact on the environment.

“These high-performing servers can handle immense AI and machine learning workloads but with the more efficient liquid cooling solution provided by Supermicro, the heat by-product will be controlled, reducing power consumption,” Uy said in a statement. “We want to maintain our data center’s energy efficiency, so this is geared towards that.”

Supermicro claims that data center servers utilizing liquid-cooling technology can reduce a facility’s overall power consumption by up to 40%.

In recent weeks, various media reports have highlighted the impact of the growing global data center boom on power consumption, particularly due to the demand from compute-intensive applications like AI and cryptocurrencies. The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report in January 2024 stating that data centers consumed 460TWh of electricity in 2022, accounting for 2% of the world’s electricity supply, and could use up to 1,000TWh or more by 2026.

The Philippines, alongside other Southeast Asian nations, aims to establish itself as a key regional hub for data centers. Earlier this year, Converge ICT announced plans to invest PHP5 billion (US$85.2 million) over the next three years to develop data centers in the country.

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