NVIDIA and Baidu have joined hands to bring artificial intelligence (AI) technology to cloud computing, self-driving vehicles and AI home assistants.
The companies will bring next-generation NVIDIA Volta GPUs to Baidu Cloud, providing cloud customers with the deep learning platform.
As per the agreement, NVIDIA's DRIVE PX platform will be used for Baidu's self-driving car initiative, and developing self-driving cars with major Chinese carmakers.
Baidu's PaddlePaddle open source deep learning framework will be optimised for NVIDIA Volta GPUs and make it widely available to academics and researchers.
"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 revolutionise every industry."
Bringing AI to China
This partnership brings AI capabilities to Chinese consumers by adding Baidu's DuerOS conversational AI system to NVIDIA SHIELD TV.
Baidu will deploy NVIDIA HGX architecture with Tesla Volta V100 and Tesla P4 GPU accelerators for AI training and inference in its data centres.
A combination of Baidu's PaddlePaddle and NVIDIA's TensorRT will enable users to develop products and services with real-time understanding of images, speech, text and video.
Both companies will also work together to optimise Baidu's opensource PaddlePaddle deep learning framework on NVIDIA's Volta GPU architecture.
Moreover, Baidu DuerOS, the company's conversational AI system, will provide voice command capabilities to NVIDIA's SHIELD TV in the China market.
"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 selfdriving 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."
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