UII UPDATE 239 | Q1 2024
Intelligence Update

Generative AI and global power consumption: high, but not that high

In the past year, Uptime Intelligence has been asked more questions about generative AI and its impact on the data center sector than any other topic. The questions come from enterprise and colocation operators, suppliers of a wide variety of equipment and services, regulators and the media.

Most of the questions concern power consumption. The compute clusters — necessary for the efficient creation and use of generative AI models — are enormously power-hungry, creating a surge in projected demand for capacity and, for operators, challenges in power distribution and cooling in the data center.

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