Flare Gas Data Center Company Crusoe Picks HPE for Green GenAI

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HOUSTON – October 17, 2023 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced its HPE Cray supercomputers were selected by Crusoe, a builder of modular data centers, to power new cloud services designed to drive sustainable computing for generative AI and other compute-intensive workloads.

The companies said Crusoe will leverage custom HPE Cray XD supercomputers to train and tune large-scale AI models. HPE  designed these solutions with NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs and NVIDIA Quantum-2 InfiniBand.

Crusoe said its data centers provide high performance, specialized compute capacity to meet growing AI needs in a climate-aligned way. Crusoe utilizes wasted, stranded or clean energy, such as otherwise flared natural gas or stranded renewable energy, to power its data centers. The company said its utilization of otherwise wasted flared gas has reduced flaring by billions of cubic feet and in 2022 prevented methane emissions equivalent to removing approximately 170,000 gasoline-powered cars from the road[1].

“Our proven supercomputing solutions provide the specialized performance and scale required to effectively train larger AI models and unlock significant value across industries,” said Justin Hotard, executive vice president and general manager, HPC, AI & Labs at HPE. “However, the AI opportunity comes with significant computing requirements, that if not managed correctly, can rapidly increase carbon footprint. We are committed to continue delivering world-leading energy-efficient supercomputers and proud to join Crusoe, one of the leading organizations in powering data centers with renewable energy, to offer customers advanced AI solutions in a sustainable computing platform.”

Crusoe’s goal is to turn energy production waste into computing resources that enterprises, academic institutions, research facilities, and entrepreneurs can use to develop products and solutions that change lives. Through this partnership, Crusoe can leverage HPE’s expertise in supercomputing, IT infrastructure and sustainable IT to accelerate its core initiatives.

“Our mission is to align the future of computing with the future of the climate and as a leader in supercomputing and sustainable IT, HPE is an ideal collaborator to support Crusoe on this journey. By taking an energy-first approach to our computing infrastructure, we aim to help the world unlock transformative innovative potential with artificial intelligence and high performance computing without having to bear environmental consequences from the large energy demand associated with these workloads,” said Chase Lochmiller, CEO and Co-Founder of Crusoe.

Source: [1] Crusoe 2022 ESG Report