Nvidia Corp ties up with Reliance, Tata for AI-based tech solution

Jio Platforms Ltd, will build a framework for local-language deployment of generative AI, while Tata Communications Ltd will build an AI cloud for its clients with assistance from Nvidia Corp

Nvidia Ties up Tata Reliance

New Delhi: US-based leading artificial intelligence (AI)-based software company, Nvidia Corporation on Friday announced its formal tie up with the Reliance and Tata group companies to help them develop AI-powered supercomputers, AI clouds and generative AI applications.

The Reliance group’s subsidiary company, Jio Platforms Ltd, will build a framework for local-language deployment of generative AI, Tata Communications Ltd will build an AI cloud for its clients with assistance from the Nvidia Corp. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest IT services firm, will also use Nvidia’s AI computing infrastructure to develop generative AI applications for its clients.

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According to a media release, Jio Platforms will seek to develop India’s own foundational large language model (LLM) trained on diverse languages. Tata Communications will, on the other hand, build an AI cloud, which it will offer to its clients in an infrastructure-as-a-service model.

An AI cloud is a remote computing platform built specifically for the development and deployment of AI applications and use cases, which, in this case, will be powered by Nvidia’s GH200 AI chip. Jio’s AI infrastructure will also use the same chip.

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TCS will utilise Nvidi’s on-cloud compute access to build its own AI infrastructure, using which it will develop generative AI applications for its clients. The TCS seeks to increase interest in generative AI to cater to 50 pilots and research projects, as well as over 100 real-life projects in the service provider’s pipeline. New TCS chief executive K Krithivasan said during the company’s June quarter earnings that they require investment in AI sector.

Nvidia chief executive Jensen Huang said India ‘has data, scale and talent’, adding that through its partnership with Reliance Industries’ Jio Platforms, Nvidia will “build state-of-the-art AI supercomputers in India. Jio Platforms will also use Nvidia’s DGX cloud supercomputer-on-cloud service as part of its AI infrastructure. The latter will be hosted across suitable data centres across the country, accounting for a total data centre capacity of over 2,000MW. Reliance Jio will handle the execution, implementation and marketing of the infrastructure, while Nvidia will serve solely as a technology partner.

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Akash Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm, said the infrastructure will be ‘secure, sustainable and deeply relevant across India’. Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, added, “As India advances from a country of data proliferation to creating technology infrastructure for widespread and accelerated growth, computing and technology super centres… will provide catalytic growth.”

Chairman of the Tata Sons N Chandrasekharan said: “The advancements in AI have made focus on AI a central priority in governments, industries and society at large. The impact of AI and machine learning is going to be profound across industries and every aspect of our lives. This is a key transformational trend of the decade, and every company must prepare to make this AI transition,”

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Chandrasekaran, who also chaired India’s B20 presidency, the business track of G20, said at a press conference on 24 August that working committees under the group had recommended developing a common regulatory framework for generative AI.

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