Lenovo EveryScale OVX Solution for NVIDIA OmniverseSolution Brief

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Abstract

Lenovo and NVIDIA deliver real-time remote work and Digital Twin capabilities as Lenovo EveryScale solution enabled by NVIDIA Omniverse™ Enterprise software and Lenovo ThinkSystem™ platforms leveraging the latest NVIDIA GPU accelerators.

Change History

Changes in the June 9, 2022 update:

Accelerated Adoption of Digital Twins with NVIDIA OVX

A digital twin is a highly virtual model that is an exact representation, or "twin", of a physical object or business process. Digital twins can be the virtual mirror of entire buildings, factories, distribution centers, cities, or even the whole planet.

Designing and conducting simulations within a digital twin delivers optimized business processes and improved results to companies that deploy them. The Accenture Technology Trends 2022 report forecasts the worldwide market for digital twin platforms to grow from $3.2 billion in 2020 to $184.5 billion by 2030. This shows the competitive disadvantage to companies not taking this crucial next step in their Intelligent Transformation.

Before you can deploy any new device or autonomous agent in a real-world environment, organizations need to understand how they will behave in the physical world. This can be achieved through first simulating the change in a digital twin. Digital twins must be physically accurate representations of their real-world counterparts. True-to-life simulations require precision timing, ensuring synchronization across the physical and digital worlds with interactions occurring within the same real-time space for all actors in the simulation.

NVIDIA graphic showing digital twin relation to physical world
Figure 1. The relation of the digital twin to the physical world

Creating an industrial-scale digital twin simulation also involves capturing and modeling data from large numbers of machines, robots, sensors, autonomous vehicles, people, and processes. Building these sophisticated environments and accurately processing and modeling the data generated by the multitude of interactions of these components requires powerful computing solutions.

NVIDIA OVX is purpose-built to power large-scale industrial digital twins from the data center to create and operate massively complex models and true-to-reality simulation environments in real time leveraging NVIDIA Omniverse platform.

The “Power of 2” removing OVX complexity for Lenovo customers

Through the “Power of 2” collaboration Lenovo partners with NVIDIA to bring our joint customers innovative solutions and infrastructures to support their Intelligent Transformations with smarter technology for all. This means equipping businesses across industries with the instruments to make data-driven decisions and gain faster insight from the edge to the core, achieving a competitive advantage.

Lenovo EveryScale OVX is a result of that deep partnership providing an architecture that is optimized to deliver extreme performance, scalability, and low latency to meet the demands of digital twins within the NVIDIA Omniverse. Lenovo’s integrated solution approach removes the complexity in design, procurement, and testing of various infrastructure components providing predictable performance and solution-level interoperability support.

Lenovo Scalable Infrastructure is the solution-framework Lenovo EveryScale OVX is built upon. Through solution-level interoperability testing Lenovo can warrant a fully end-to-end supported environment based on proven best practices while still tailoring it exactly to the customer’s needs. That means that the infrastructure is not just supported on a component break and fix or “box”-level, but with a holistic perspective including software, firmware and even firmware-settings.

In addition to the interoperability solution support, Lenovo Scalable Infrastructure is being deployed fully pre-integrated, pre-cabled, pre-loaded with the latest firmware “best recipe” to ensure a fast and reliable delivery and installation resulting in best-in-class time to solution.

Lenovo Services and NVIDIA Services provide the necessary experience to bring your Digital Twin environment to life partnering with your business lines and potential business consulting partners to fully incorporate the NVIDIA Omniverse into your business-verse.

OVX digital twin example use cases

The application of a digital twin is only limited by the reality it represents. The following two use cases give an idea of the power and value that a OVX digital twin can drive. Other real-life examples can be found on the NVIDIA Digital Twins page.

Reducing planned and unplanned downtime for plant maintenance

Whether it is a turnaround in a refinery or a maintenance event in a power production plant (hydroelectric, nuclear, etc.) any interruption of production is extremely expensive. Leveraging a digital twin for planned and unplanned downtimes can massively reduce downtime duration resulting in $ millions savings for the operator. An Omniverse digital twin could operate as a safe cowork space for engineers, contractors, and operators alike allowing lifts to be planned, measurements to be taken, and equipment to be designed.

Evolve and optimize manufacturing and supply chain

Operating a manufacturing environment does not end at the walls of the factory floor but requires a seamless engine from supply coming in over product being built to shipping out. A digital twin can realize the whole process from digital humans and trucks as well as autonomous robots that obey the laws of physics, it can create a perfect replication of reality. Through that digital twin the warehouse design and flow can be optimized, the intelligent robots can be trained, and overall productivity can be improved

OVX Software platform

NVIDIA Omniverse Software

NVIDIA Omniverse™ Enterprise is an end-to-end collaboration and simulation platform that fundamentally transforms complex design workflows, creating a more harmonious environment for creative teams. It consists of three software components:

  • NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Nucleus

    Collaboration service which enables a variety of Omniverse Enterprise-enabled client applications (Apps, Connectors, and others) to share and modify authoritative representations of virtual worlds. Omniverse Nucleus is the database and collaboration engine of Omniverse and built for collaboration across multiple users.

  • NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Creator

    App for accelerated advanced scene composition and world building. Creator enables scene composition, simulation, and rendering on workstations and virtual workstations.

  • NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Reviewer

    App designed to visualize projects in stunning, physically accurate photorealism and enable minor editing and comment permissions. Reviewer enables review and approval for workstations and virtual workstations.

NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Nucleus is licensed on a per named user basis while NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Creator and Reviewer are licensed on a Concurrent User basis. The NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise software licenses can be configured and ordered together with the Lenovo EveryScale OVX solution.

Table 1. NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise software licenses
Part number Feature Description
Omniverse Enterprise Nucleus
7S02002MWW S82A NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Nucleus Subscription per Named User, 1 Year
7S02002NWW S82B NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Nucleus Subscription per Named User, 3 Years
7S02002PWW S82C NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Nucleus Subscription per Named User, 4 Years
7S02002QWW S82D NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Nucleus Subscription per Named User, 5 Years
Omniverse Enterprise Nucleus
7S02002VWW S82J NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Creator Subscription per CCU, 1 Year
7S02002WWW S82K NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Creator Subscription per CCU, 3 Years
7S02002XWW S82L NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Creator Subscription per CCU, 4 Years
7S02002YWW S82M NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Creator Subscription per CCU, 5 Years
Omniverse Enterprise Nucleus
7S020033WW S82S NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Reviewer Subscription per CCU, 1 Year
7S020034WW S82T NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Reviewer Subscription per CCU, 3 Years
7S020035WW S82U NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Reviewer Subscription per CCU, 4 Years
7S020036WW S82V NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Reviewer Subscription per CCU, 5 Years

Lenovo EveryScale OVX solution also leverages RedHat Enterprise Linux as Operating System and Lenovo XClarity family to simplifies and automate the deployment and management of the solution.

To run the Lenovo EveryScale OVX solution as a fully virtualized environment Lenovo and NVIDIA partner with VMware leveraging vSphere.

OVX Infrastructure solution

The Lenovo EveryScale OVX solution is a purpose-built NVIDIA Omniverse computing offering based on Lenovo Scalable Infrastructure integrating Lenovo ThinkSystem servers and designed to meet the demands of large-scale digital twins.

Lenovo Scalable Infrastructure is a framework for designing, manufacturing, integrating and delivering data center solutions, with a focus on High Performance Computing (HPC), Technical Computing, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) environments.

The Lenovo EveryScale OVX computing solutions architecture is designed to scale leveraging NVIDIA Spectrum Ethernet switches and, when combined with NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise, delivers a fully integrated solution that transforms workflows for digital twins.

As a result, despite the scale and complexity of an NVIDIA Omniverse digital twin solution, customers can focus their efforts on maximizing their business value, instead of consuming valuable resources to design, optimize, install, and support the infrastructure. Again, this is all thanks to Lenovo Scalable Infrastructure and the engineering partnership between Lenovo and NVIDIA.

Lenovo EveryScale OVX Super-POD solution design
Figure 2. Lenovo EveryScale OVX Super-POD solution design

Scalable Performance

The Lenovo EveryScale OVX solution is designed for multi-node scalability with NVIDIA Spectrum Ethernet switch fabric. All POD and SuperPOD configurations are integrated with an optimized combination of network fabric, storage, and enterprise-grade software which combine to deliver unprecedented performance for the most demanding workloads. The OVX POD based architecture enables the deployment of one or more Scalable Units, providing the compute, low-latency networking, bandwidth, and performance required for massively complex simulations and real-time digital twins at the factory, city, or planetary-scale.

Table 2. Lenovo EveryScale OVX Size definitions
OVX Solution Size Definition

Lenovo Everyscale OVX Node

  • The foundational building block of the Lenovo EveryScale OVX solution. A Lenovo SR670 V2 configured as listed in the OVX Server platform section.
  • Capable of Initial POC.
  • Can be used for single-node Omniverse Enterprise Workloads.

Lenovo Everyscale OVX POD

  • Lenovo EveryScale OVX PODs start at 4 node configurations and can scale up to 32 nodes. 
  • Typical configurations include the Base-POD containing 4 OVX nodes and the Quad-POD containing 16 OVX nodes.
  • Customers can start with Base-POD and scale as needed.
  • Spectrum 2 or Spectrum 3 network fabric.

Lenovo Everyscale OVX SuperPOD

  • Lenovo EveryScale OVX SuperPODs consist of at least 1 scalable unit (SU) of 32 Lenovo Everyscale OVX nodes.
  • Optimized infrastructure for large-scale, digital twin simulations.
  • Spectrum3 network fabric, storage, and orchestration software.

Lenovo EveryScale OVX scalable POD rack view
Figure 3. Lenovo EveryScale OVX scalable POD and SuperPOD rack view examples

OVX Server platform

Lenovo OVX node

The building block of the OVX computing node, the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR670 V2 server provides best-in-class cooling for the accelerators positioned in the front and allows both for front and rear IO connectivity for maximum graphic performance and IO throughput.

In the OVX node configuration it combines eight NVIDIA A40 GPUs, top-of-line Intel Xeon 3rd Generation Scalable Processors, super-fast NVMe storage, and leading-edge NVIDIA ConnectX-6 Dx network adapters with enterprise-grade management and orchestration software.

ThinkSystem SR670 V2
Figure 4. ThinkSystem SR670 V2

For more information regarding the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR670 V2 in general, see the SR670 V2 product guide.
Below you find the detailed configuration of the Lenovo OVX node:

Table 3. Lenovo OVX Node Configuration
Component Description
Server ThinkSystem SR670 V2
Processor 2x Intel Xeon Platinum 8362 32C 265W 2.8GHz Processor
Memory 32x 32GB TruDDR4 3200 MHz (2Rx4 1.2V) RDIMMs
OS SSD 2x M.2 PM983 960GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 Non-Hot Swap SSD
Data SSD 6x E1.S P4511 4.0TB Read Intensive NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 HS SSD
Network Interface 4x Mellanox ConnectX-6 Dx 1-port 200GbE PCIe Adapter
GPU 8x NVIDIA A40 48GB PCIe Gen4 Passive GPU
Power 4x 2400W (230V) Platinum Hot-Swap Power Supply

The following figure shows the architecural block diagram of the OVX node.

OVX node - configuration block diagram
Figure 5. OVX node - configuration block diagram (click to show larger version)

Lenovo Nucleus node

Nucleus is the collaborative user environment of NVIDIA Omniverse providing persistent data and scalable core microservices. Depending on the number of users in the Omniverse Environment the Nucleus Server configuration must fit those needs.

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR630 V2 has been designed to combine highest performance and flexibility. It allows to support up to 500 users without live editing and be scaled out as requirements grow.

Nucleus node - Lenovo ThinkSystem SR630 V2
Figure 6. Nucleus node - Lenovo ThinkSystem SR630 V2

For more information regarding the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR630 V2 in general, see the SR630 V2 product guide.

Below you can find the detailed example configuration of the Lenovo Nucleus node:

Table 4. Lenovo Nucleus node configuration
Component Description
Server ThinkSystem SR630 V2
Processor 2x Intel Xeon Gold 6346 16C 205W 3.1GHz Processor
Memory 16x 16GB TruDDR4 3200 MHz (2Rx4 1.2V) RDIMM
OS SSD 2x M.2 PM983 960GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 Non-Hot Swap SSD
Data SSD 2x 2.5" U.2 P5600 1.6TB Mixed Use NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 HS SSD
Network Interface 2x Mellanox ConnectX-6 VPI 1-port 200GbE PCIe Adapter
Power 2x ThinkSystem 1100W (230V/115V) v2 Platinum Hot-Swap Power Supply

Depending on concurrent users and targeted capabilities like live editing the optimal configuration choice can vary. A customer POC is recommended to optimize further for each unique deployment.

OVX Network platform

Digital twin simulations involve multiple autonomous systems interacting in the same space-time. To unlock the benefits of a digital twin and enable advanced visualization and simulation at scale, the architecture must be able to accurately simulate interactions with precise time synchronization across digital and physical worlds.

The Lenovo EveryScale OVX solution includes advanced networking technologies that enable that precise simulation of space and time. The NVIDIA Spectrum Ethernet Switch fabric and ConnectX-6 Dx Smart NICs deliver the necessary bandwidth, low latency, and precision timing to enable real-time accuracy and network synchronization, enhancing simulation capabilities.

NVIDIA Spectrum Ethernet Switches

The NVIDIA Spectrum-2 SN3700 Ethernet switch offers 32 ports of 200GbE in a compact 1U form factor. It enables connectivity to endpoints at different speeds and carries a throughput of 12.8Tb/s, with an 8.33Bpps processing capacity and only 425ns latency. It is best used in small to medium sized OVX POD configurations.

OVX leaf switch - NVIDIA Spectrum-2 SN3700V Ethernet switch
Figure 7. OVX leaf switch - NVIDIA Spectrum-2 SN3700V Ethernet switch

The NVIDIA Spectrum-3 SN4600 Ethernet switch offers 64 ports of 200GbE in a 2U form factor doubling the networking capacity over the SN3700. This switch is best used as central spine layer for the overall OVX solution or in large sized OVX SuperPOD configurations.

OVX spine switch - NVIDIA Spectrum-3 SN4600 Ethernet switch
Figure 8. OVX spine switch - NVIDIA Spectrum-3 SN4600 Ethernet switch

ConnectX-6 Dx Network Adapter

The NVIDIA ConnectX-6 Dx SmartNIC is the industry’s most secure and advanced datacenter network interface card to accelerate mission-critical applications, such as security, virtualization, SDN/NFV, big data, machine learning, and storage.

Its Advanced Timing and Synchronization capabilities with PTP hardware clock, PTP-based packet pacing, and nanosecond-level accuracy make it the ideal choice for OVX real-time accurate Digital Twin simulation. The ConnectX-6 Dx 1-port 200GbE PCIe Adapter provides a single-port of 200Gb/s Ethernet connectivity.

OVX Quad-POD network topology diagram
Figure 9. OVX Super-POD network topology diagram (click to show larger version)

OVX Storage platform

NVIDIA Omniverse solutions are operating mostly with local storage on the OVX nodes. They do require a high performance and high reliable network file system though to read the initial data from and optionally execute for example continuous snapshots or backups to.

Lenovo Distributed Storage Solution for IBM Spectrum Scale (DSS-G) is the recommended Storage environment for the Lenovo EveryScale OVX solution. It is a software-defined storage (SDS) solution for dense scalable file and object storage suitable for high-performance and data-intensive environments. DSS-G combines the performance of Lenovo ThinkSystem servers, Lenovo storage enclosures, and industry leading IBM Spectrum Scale software, to offer a high performance, scalable building block approach to modern storage needs.

IBM Spectrum Scale, based on IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) technology, is a high-performance and highly scalable parallel file system with an extensive suite of enterprise class data management features.

Lenovo is a strategic alliance partner of IBM, and combines IBM Spectrum Scale software with Lenovo servers, storage and networking components for integrated and customized solutions.

IBM Spectrum Scale offers access to a single file system or set of filesystems in a global namespace with shared file system access among IBM Spectrum Scale clusters, simultaneous file access from multiple nodes, high recoverability and data availability through replication, the ability to make changes while a file system is mounted, and simplified administration even in large environments.

OVX Customer Journey

The following steps are the OVX customer journey:

Step One – Proof Of Concept

Engage with Lenovo and NVIDIA on early-stage opportunities to qualify use cases and develop sizing recommendations:

  • Initial POC on a single node
  • Virtual Machine or Bare-Metal
  • Single-node Omniverse Enterprise Workloads

Step Two – Expansion

Seamlessly scale to POD and SuperPOD configurations:

  • Add Networking, Infrastructure Management & Orchestration SW
  • Multi-Node Omniverse Enterprise Workloads

Contact your Lenovo or NVIDIA sales representative to get started.

Why Lenovo

Lenovo is a leading provider of data center infrastructure solutions and a premier NVIDIA OVX partner. The Lenovo EveryScale OVX solution is co-designed with NVIDIA. Lenovo will work with you and NVIDIA to identify, design, install and support the solution that best ensures your organization's needs.

Lenovo complements a portfolio of leading x86 infrastructure with a full range of storage, software, and comprehensive services that provides excellent performance, reliability, and security for your IT environment from the edge to the cloud.

Integrated Software & Hardware

Optimized to power the most demanding workloads, Lenovo EveryScale OVX solution for NVIDIA Omniverse™ Enterprise provides an end-to-end collaboration and true-to-reality simulation platform that transforms complex digital twin workflows at any scale.

Enterprise Level Support

Lenovo EveryScale OVX solutions are based on Lenovo and NVIDIA-Certified Systems™, tested and validated to provide the necessary performance, manageability, security, and scalability. Comprehensive enterprise-grade support for Lenovo EveryScale OVX solutions will be provided by Lenovo and Omniverse software support will be provided directly by NVIDIA.

For details about Lenovo support, see the Lenovo ISG Support Plan.

For More Information

To learn more about the Lenovo EveryScale OVX Solution for NVIDIA Omniverse, contact your Lenovo Sales Representative or Business Partner.

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