Gcore Opens First H100-Based Data Centre In South Korea

From left to right: Pre-Sales Lead, Jin-yong Kim, Country Manager of Gcore Korea, HyunYong Jung, Ambassador of Luxembourg to Korea, Jacques Flies, Regional Sales Director of North East Asia (© Gcore).

Luxembourg-headquartered cloud provider Gcore opened the first data centre in South Korea based on NVIDIA H100 GPUs, a model six times faster than its predecessor. Korean company NHN Cloud assisted in the expansion.

Just a look at the record 239% rise of NVIDIA stocks in 2023 is enough to connect the dots between the booming AI sector and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). Those are essential for developing and training AI models, and Gcore’s data centre in South Korea will put the company in a strong position in the country.

So far, South Korean companies have struggled to acquire high-performance GPUs. The Luxembourgish company’s edge cloud will now be offering the highly sought-after service, organising servers equipped with eight SMX5-type H100 GPUs. The bandwidth per server can reach up to 3.2TBps (terabytes per second).

“Through our continued close collaboration with NHN Cloud, which has specialised understanding and experience of the Korean AI market and customers, we will be able to quickly and efficiently respond to the rapidly growing demand for AI in Korea across various sectors, including public institutions, research centres, finance and manufacturing.”

HyunYong Jung, country manager of Gcore Korea.

Linking up with a local company

The Contern-based company worked closely with South Korean cloud service provider NHN Cloud, which assisted in selecting a place for the data centre. It also lent a hand in configuring the service to reflect the needs of the market in the Asian country. NHN will continue to participate in the data centre’s operations. And according to South Korean newspaper JoonhAng Ilbo, the company hopes it will be able to get assistance from Gcore when it comes to entering the European market and procuring Nvidia’s latest GPUs.

Recently, Gcore’s services gave a boost to Luxembourgish AI developer LetzAI, which launched the new version of its software, an update that needed to be based on a high-performance infrastructure.

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