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03
Jan
2019

ENGIE Lab CRIGEN: A major new step in our digital revolution

On 27 September 2018, the CSAI Lab commissioned the first DGX supercalculator at its site in Saint-Denis. Designed by the Californian company Nvidia, the aim of this "supercomputer" is to develop IT tools that draw on artificial intelligence and deep learning. A technology that represents a powerful new asset for ENGIE.

Convinced that an industrial revolution is underway, driven by the world of energy and digital, our Group has made digitalisation one of its four strategic areas of development alongside decarbonisation, decentralisation and energy efficiency. The deployment of a first DGX supercalculator by the ENGIE Lab CRIGEN’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAI Lab) at the end of September marked a great breakthrough in this regard.

Intended for our Corporate entities and Business Units, this ultra-powerful machine makes it possible, via calculations linked to artificial intelligence and deep learning, for ENGIE to remain in control when processing its sensitive data (called ‘Privacy Oriented’), without going through hosts and external providers.

Improving the energy performance of digital tools, especially data centres, is one of our key levers for action! Several projects to which ENGIE has contributed have recently emerged in the Netherlands, with the establishment of a cooling system, and in the United Kingdom with Merlin, one of the world’s most eco-efficient data centres.

With this acquisition, internationally renowned for its performance, "ENGIE significantly enhances its R&D capabilities as part of our AI work, whether this is in the field of ‘Computer Vision’ applied to topics such as predictive maintenance, security/supervision, the recognition of objects and patterns in complex environments (territories/Smart City) or in natural language processing (NLP) for the creation of intelligent interactive agents,” says Philippe Calvez, Head of the CSAI Lab.

Next step? A DGX-2 supercalculator will be deployed in the CRIGEN data centre in November 2018. This version, even more powerful, will have a calculation speed of 2-petaFLOPS (1-petaflop is equivalent to 1 trillion floating point operations per second) making it possible to interconnect 16 graphics processing units (GPUs). The Nvidia DGX-2 will then become ENGIE’s most powerful supercalculator for this type of specific computational calculation.

You can find a series of articles, interviews and key figures on ENGIE’s view of the digital innovation on our dedicated page.

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