NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) and Baidu have announced a broad partnership to bring the world’s leading artificial intelligence technology to cloud computing, self-driving vehicles and AI home assistants.
Speaking in the keynote at Baidu’s AI developer conference in Beijing, Baidu president and COO Qi Lu (shown above) described his company’s plans to work with NVIDIA to:
- Bring next-generation NVIDIA® Volta™ GPUs to Baidu Cloud, providing cloud customers with the world’s leading deep learning platform.
- Adopt NVIDIA’s DRIVE™ PX platform for Baidu’s self-driving car initiative, and develop self-driving cars with major Chinese carmakers.
- Optimize Baidu’s PaddlePaddle open source deep learning framework for NVIDIA Volta GPUs and make it widely available to academics and researchers.
- Bring AI capabilities to Chinese consumers by adding Baidu’s DuerOS conversational AI system to NVIDIA SHIELD™ TV.
“NVIDIA and Baidu have pioneered significant advances in deep learning and AI,” said Ian Buck, NVIDIA vice president and general manager of accelerated computing. “We believe AI is the most powerful technology force of our time, with the potential to revolutionize every industry. Our collaboration aligns our exceptional technical resources to create AI computing platforms for all developers — from academic research, startups creating breakthrough AI applications, and autonomous vehicles.”
“Today, we are very excited to announce a comprehensive and deep partnership with NVIDIA,” said Baidu’s Lu at the company’s event. “Baidu and NVIDIA will work together on our Apollo self-driving car platform, using NVIDIA’s automotive technology. We’ll also work closely to make PaddlePaddle the best deep learning framework; advance our conversational AI system, DuerOS; and accelerate research at the Institute of Deep Learning.”
AI in Cloud & Data Centers Baidu, one of China’s leading cloud providers, announced that it will deploy NVIDIA HGX™ architecture with Tesla® Volta V100 and Tesla P4 GPU accelerators for AI training and inference in its data centers. Combined with Baidu’s PaddlePaddle deep learning framework and NVIDIA’s TensorRT™ deep learning inference software, researchers and companies can harness state-of-the-art technology to develop products and services with real-time understanding of images, speech, text and video.
To accelerate AI development, the companies will work together to optimize Baidu’s open-source PaddlePaddle deep learning framework on NVIDIA’s Volta GPU architecture.