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NVIDIA extends Omniverse Cloud functionality through new APIs
Thu, 21st Mar 2024

NVIDIA has announced the extension of NVIDIA Omniverse Cloud functionality through the introduction of APIs. This allows the integration of Omniverse technologies into existing design and automation software applications for digital twins or simulation workflows for autonomous machines such as robots or self-driving vehicles.

Firms, including Ansys, Cadence, Dassault Systèmes for its 3DEXCITE brand, Hexagon, Microsoft, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, and Trimble, are embracing Omniverse Cloud APIs to enhance their software offerings. This comes with the promise of increased precision and heightened interactivity with OpenUSD data, along with collaborative capabilities across scenes.

"Everything manufactured will have digital twins," Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, stated. He highlighted Omniverse's key role in creating and operating physically realistic digital clones of manufactured goods. Huang sees Omniverse and generative AI as pivotal technologies in the digitalisation of the $50 trillion heavy industries market.

Siemens has announced the integration of Omniverse Cloud APIs within its Siemens Xcelerator Platform, which includes Teamcenter X, its market-dominant cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) software. By utilising the APIs, Teamcenter X can connect design data to NVIDIA generative AI APIs and use Omniverse RTX rendering directly within the application, thereby enhancing its functionality.

Cadence, another significant computational software provider, is integrating Omniverse Cloud APIs into its Cadence Reality Digital Twin Platform. Consequently, companies will be able to design, simulate, and optimise data centres prior to physical build-out. Similarly, Dassault Systèmes is adopting these APIs to power generative storytelling within its 3DEXCITE applications for content creation.

The global leader in reality technology, Hexagon, is integrating Omniverse Cloud APIs to provide customers with hyper-realistic simulation and visualisation capabilities. Other notable firms include construction and geospatial technology leader Trimble, which plans to use the APIs to provide NVIDIA Omniverse RTX viewers with Trimble model data. Rockwell Automation is also on board to take advantage of RTX-enabled visualisation through the Omniverse Cloud APIs.

As the demand for autonomous machines, robotics, and AI-based monitoring systems surge, Omniverse Cloud APIs are set to empower developers to speed up their end-to-end workflows. Essential for training, testing, and validating full-stack autonomy, sensor data from firms such as FORVIA HELLA, Luminar, SICK AG, and Sony Semiconductor Solutions can be seamlessly connected with Omniverse Cloud APIs for high-fidelity sensor simulations.

Initially available on Microsoft Azure, Omniverse Cloud APIs will later be accessible for developers to host on NVIDIA A10 GPUs or to utilise via NVIDIA OVX as managed services. "With NVIDIA Omniverse APIs on Microsoft Azure, organisations around the world can enhance their existing tools to create the next wave of AI-enabled digital twins," pointed out Andy Pratt, corporate vice president of Microsoft Emerging Technologies.