NVIDIA, Baidu announce partnership to accelerate AI
NVIDIA and Baidu announced at Baidu Create a broad partnership to bring artificial intelligence technology to cloud computing, self-driving vehicles, and AI home assistants.
According to Baidu president and COO Qi Lu, Baidu plans to:
- Bring next-generation NVIDIA Volta GPUs to Baidu Cloud;
- Optimize Baidu's PaddlePaddle open source deep learning framework for NVIDIA Volta GPUs;
- Bring AI capabilities to Chinese consumers by adding Baidu's DuerOS conversational AI system to NVIDIA SHIELD TV; and
- Adopt NVIDIA's DRIVE PX platform for Baidu's self-driving car initiative.
Use of NVIDIA's DRIVE PX 2 AI supercomputer for Baidu’s autonomous vehicle platform will continue the two companies’ relationship, which has been ongoing with their collaboration on Baidu's self-driving car initiative known as Apollo. Apollo, an open platform for self-driving cars, leverages NVIDIA technology from the server to the car, including Tesla GPUs and NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2, combined with NVIDIA software including CUDA and TensorRT. The self-driving car that Baidu showed recently at CES Asia to highlight Apollo's advances was powered by DRIVE PX 2.
Several major Chinese automakers also announced that they will join the Apollo alliance, including Changan, Chery Automobile, FAW, and Greatwall Motor. Baidu has also inked a partnership with AutonomuStuff and also announced a strategic cooperation with Continental earlier this year.
"Today, we are very excited to announce a comprehensive and deep partnership with NVIDIA," said Baidu's Lu at the company's AI developer conference in Beijing. "Baidu and NVIDIA will work together on our Apollo self-driving car platform, using NVIDIA's automotive technology."