NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), the chip-maker, and Baidu Inc (NASDAQ: BIDU), one of China’s leading cloud providers, announced a partnership to bring artificial intelligence technology to cloud computing, self-driving vehicles and AI home assistants.
The partnership between the two companies includes an agreement to use Nvidia’s Volta GPUs in Baidu Cloud. The two companies will also work on optimizations for Baidu’s PaddlePaddle open source deep learning framework for Nvidia Volta. Later, they will make it accessible to researchers and academic institutions
“Today, we are very excited to announce a comprehensive and deep partnership with NVIDIA,” said Qi Lu, the president and COO of Baidu. “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.”
“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,” said Ian Buck, the vice president and general manager of accelerated computing of NVIDIA.