May 19, 2021

Precision Robotics Deploys NVIDIA DGX A100 on Platform Equinix in Hong Kong

A surgical robotics startup expands its digital infrastructure to accelerate surgical robotics R&D

Hong Kong – May 20, 2021 – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the world’s digital infrastructure company™, today announced that Precision Robotics, a surgical robotics start-up from Imperial College London, has deployed an NVIDIA DGX™ A100 system in Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) in Hong Kong, HK4. Through this deployment, Precision Robotics aims to develop next generation surgical robots to support the future of precision surgery for personalized healthcare and improved quality of life.

The rising demand for modern robotic surgery is attributed to the acceleration of digital transformation in the healthcare industry. According to Data Bridge Market Research, the medical robotic systems market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.3% within the forecast period of 2021 to 2028, reaching USD 34.91 billion by 2028.[1] To support its vision of developing the next generation surgical robots, Precision Robotics needed a high-power digital infrastructure to run a DGX A100 system for machine learning and AI development.

As one of the first three operators to join the NVIDIA DGX Ready Data Center Partner Program in Asia-Pacific, EMEA and North America, Equinix has become Precision Robotics’ partner-of-choice for deploying the DGX A100, the universal system for all AI workloads. DynaSys Solutions Limited helped Precision Robotics build a foundational and future-ready digital infrastructure on Platform Equinix® for secure data storage, processing, analysis and machine learning, further accelerating its research and development (R&D) of innovative surgical solutions for medical doctors.

Highlights/Key Facts:

  • Precision Robotics is a spin-out company from Imperial College London with a core research and development base at Hong Kong Science Park. It aims to develop precise, agile and intelligent surgical robots that are dexterous, compact and versatile by combining a range of patented technologies to deliver advantages to surgeons and patients.
  • In order to develop the next generation surgical robots, Precision Robotics decided to deploy a DGX A100 system, which is built for data analytics, scientific computing and AI development, in HK4 to reduce model training time and speed up the machine learning development process. A member of NVIDIA Inception, NVIDIA’s acceleration platform for AI startups, Precision Robotics has access to NVIDIA experts, engineers and go-to-market support.
  • As a next step, Precision Robotics can leverage the rich ecosystem on Platform Equinix in Hong Kong to potentially open up and lease part of its NVIDIA DGX A100 free time to other AI and R&D organizations, further promoting the use of AI-backed applications and fostering wider AI development in Hong Kong. 
  •  Looking ahead, Precision Robotics can also leverage Equinix Fabric™, a software-defined interconnection service, to set up direct, on demand connection between its infrastructures and cloud service providers. This will allow Precision Robotics to create a more cost effective and secure network path for enhancing collaboration with its global medical counterparts efficiently.
  • Equinix operates five IBX data centers in Hong Kong. Located in Sha Tin, HK4 complements the existing Equinix footprint in Tsuen Wan and Tseung Kwan O, supporting the digital edge and business continuity strategies of local and international enterprises with distributed facilities across the metro. Equinix Hong Kong data centers are business hubs for more than 550 companies. Customers can interconnect directly with other customers and partners in their digital supply chain and leverage direct connectivity to more than 80 networks, more than 145 cloud and IT service providers, and over 140 financial services companies.

Quotes:

  • Dr B P L Lo, Chief Technology Advisor, Precision Robotics (HK)
    “Our team sees a huge potential in the medical robotics industry, and we are committed to establishing ourselves as a significant player in this rapidly burgeoning field. In doing so, we needed an experienced and reliable partner to help us with digital infrastructure development, allowing us to focus on high-level robotics R&D. Equinix is no doubt our partner-of-choice in this space. Thanks to Equinix, we have been able to process ultra-heavy data workloads and leverage machine learning on our upcoming surgical robot R&D projects.”
  • Raymond Teh, Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations, Asia Pacific, NVIDIA
    “Advances in healthcare require accelerated computing platforms and software designed to meet the needs of modern medical research. Deployed in the Equinix IBX data center, NVIDIA DGX A100 delivers easy access to the world’s leading compute performance to aid the discovery of new AI-powered healthcare treatments like the next-generation surgical robots being developed by Precision Robotics.”
  • Larry Tam, Managing Director, Equinix Hong Kong
    “The wave of digitalization has swept across various sectors, and the healthcare industry is no exception. Healthcare players are set to embrace smarter infrastructure, as agility, flexibility and innovation are no longer nice-to-haves, but prerequisites of success. Equinix has been leading the way in making the cloud an easier and safer place to enhance solutions, offering reliability, safety, control and low latency with an interconnection-first strategy. We will continue to support our customers to capture opportunities and expand capabilities to effectively respond to dynamic trends.”

About Equinix 
Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) is the world’s digital infrastructure company, enabling digital leaders to harness a trusted platform to bring together and interconnect the foundational infrastructure that powers their success. Equinix enables today’s businesses to access all the right places, partners and possibilities they need to accelerate advantage. With Equinix, they can scale with agility, speed up the launch of digital services, deliver world-class experiences and multiply their value.

Forward-Looking Statements 
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX data centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix products and solutions, unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenues from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers; a failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; risks related to our taxation as a REIT; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see recent Equinix quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

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[1] https://www.databridgemarketresearch.com/reports/global-medical-robotic-systems-market