Cryptocurrency Stock News: HIVE Digital (TSXV: HIVE) Provides Update on GPU Infrastructure for AI and HPC
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Vancouver, British Columbia - October 10, 2023 (Investorideas.com Newswire) HIVE Digital Technologies Ltd. (TSXV: HIVE) (NASDAQ: HIVE) (FSE: YO0) (the "Company" or "HIVE") is pleased to provide an update on its HPC and AI infrastructure projects.
The Company is converting its 38,000 Nvidia data center GPU cards ("GPUs"), previously used to mine Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies, into an on-demand GPU cloud service. HIVE President and CEO Aydin Kilic stated, "We're on track to have 3,200 GPUs, mostly powerful Nvidia A40s, up and running in the AI/HPC space by the end of October."
Mr. Kilic continued, "GPU cloud is far more complex than mining Bitcoin with ASICs. It took us a few months to get the right hardware architecture in placeand we've had a breakthrough in the last week. Our GPU server utilization rate has gone from 40-50% during our test phase to over 80% last week as our commercialization ramps up, allowing those GPUs to almost double their daily cash flow per server. The team has done an amazing job, and we're rapidly learning and advancing this business. We're quite bullish on the GPU cloud market, which we see as one of those rare opportunities which only come along every few decades. The demand is growing quickly."
HIVE's HPC and AI business is currently generating 15x more revenue than Bitcoin on a per-megawatt basis, and demand for GPU compute is growing rapidly.
HIVE Executive Chairman Frank Holmes stated, "A recent report by Goldman Sachs suggests huge demand, as shown in the chart below. Fortune Business Insights has predicted that the GPU as a service market in North America will grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 34% until 2030. This is a blue-sky opportunity, thanks to remarkable demand from AI projects. For example, we think large language models, the tech behind ChatGPT, is just getting started. We think there's a use for them in almost every company, and these things require a lot of GPU power to build and run."
HIVE leadership believes that GPU cloud will be an excellent complement to the Company's Bitcoin mining business. Revenue from our GPU infrastructure is growing quickly and should offer a stable source of cash flow to the business once it reaches scale. The Company is initially targeting two of the largest markets in the world, North America (via Canada) and Europe (via Sweden).
Mr. Holmes said, "Our foundation in HPC and AI infrastructure is now secured in both North America and the Europe. Our GPUs are installed in powerful new SuperMicro servers in Tier 3 data centers. We realized a successful beta-test earlier this year with 400 GPUs, and our goal for the end of the year is 4,800 GPUs active by December 31."
Mr. Holmes continued, "When we made the $66 million GPU purchase from Nvidia in 2021, we were planning beyond the Ethereum Merge. We strategically bought multi-use Nvidia cards instead of Ethereum-specific ones which are slightly more efficient. Why? Because these GPUs are hundreds, even thousands of times faster and more efficient than CPUs for certain workloads, including these new AI technologies. We're excited to build this business."
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Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such forward looking information include, but are not limited to, the volatility of the digital currency market; the Company's ability to successfully mine digital currency; the Company may not be able to profitably liquidate its current digital currency inventory as required, or at all; a material decline in digital currency prices may have a significant negative impact on the Company's operations; the regulatory environment for cryptocurrency in Canada, the United States and the countries where our mining facilities are located; economic dependence on regulated terms of service and electricity rates; the speculative and competitive nature of the technology sector; dependency on continued growth in blockchain and cryptocurrency usage; lawsuits and other legal proceedings and challenges; government regulations; the global economic climate; dilution; future capital needs and uncertainty of additional financing, including the Company's ability to utilize the Company's at-the-market equity offering program (the "ATM Program") and the prices at which the Company may sell Common Shares in the ATM Program, as well as capital market conditions in general; risks relating to the strategy of maintaining and increasing Bitcoin holdings and the impact of depreciating Bitcoin prices on working capital; the competitive nature of the industry; currency exchange risks; the need for the Company to manage its planned growth and expansion; the effects of product development and need for continued technology change; the ability to maintain reliable and economical sources of power to run its cryptocurrency mining assets; the impact of energy curtailment or regulatory changes in the energy regimes in the jurisdictions in which the Company operates; protection of proprietary rights; the effect of government regulation and compliance on the Company and the industry; network security risks; the ability of the Company to maintain properly working systems; reliance on key personnel; global economic and financial market deterioration impeding access to capital or increasing the cost of capital; share dilution resulting from the ATM Program and from other equity issuances; the construction and operation of facilities may not occur as currently planned, or at all; expansion may not materialize as currently anticipated, or at all; the digital currency market; the ability to successfully mine digital currency; revenue may not increase as currently anticipated, or at all; it may not be possible to profitably liquidate the current digital currency inventory, or at all; a decline in digital currency prices may have a significant negative impact on operations; an increase in network difficulty may have a significant negative impact on operations; the volatility of digital currency prices; the anticipated growth and sustainability of electricity for the purposes of cryptocurrency mining in the applicable jurisdictions; the inability to maintain reliable and economical sources of power for the Company to operate cryptocurrency mining assets; the risks of an increase in the Company's electricity costs, cost of natural gas, changes in currency exchange rates, energy curtailment or regulatory changes in the energy regimes in the jurisdictions in which the Company operates and the adverse impact on the Company's profitability; the ability to complete current and future financings, any regulations or laws that will prevent the Company from operating its business; historical prices of digital currencies and the ability to mine digital currencies that will be consistent with historical prices; an inability to predict and counteract the effects of COVID-19 on the business of the Company, including but not limited to the effects of COVID-19 on the price of digital currencies, capital market conditions, restriction on labour and international travel and supply chains; and, the adoption or expansion of any regulation or law that will prevent the Company from operating its business, or make it more costly to do so; and other related risks as more fully set out in the Company's disclosure documents under the Company's filings at www.sec.gov/EDGAR and www.sedarplus.com.
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