SHANGHAI, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AliCloud, the cloud computing business of Alibaba Group, today signed a strategic partnership with NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing, at its Computing Conference - 2016 Shanghai Summit attended by 3,000 industry representatives.
The two companies will collaborate closely around AliCloud HPC (High Performance Computing) to provide the first GPU-based cloud HPC platform in China. The partnership also plans to provide emerging companies support in areas of HPC and deep learning with comprehensive GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) computing.
"Innovative companies in deep learning are one of our most important user communities," said Zhang Wensong, chief scientist of AliCloud. "Together with NVIDIA, AliCloud will use its strength in public cloud computing and experiences accumulated in HPC to offer emerging companies in deep learning greater support in the future."
"We're delighted to provide our clients, especially emerging start-up companies, with GPU accelerated computing services on AliCloud, the leader in cloud computing services in China," said Shanker Trivedi, NVIDIA's Global VP. "Users can enjoy the latest GPU accelerated HPC, AI (Artificial Intelligence), and deep learning technologies through the cloud. By leveraging our comprehensive accelerated computing platform and global ecosystem, NVIDIA is teaming up with AliCloud to provide emerging companies with strong HPC and Deep Learning support and empower them to innovate."
In view of the great popularity of GPU applications in deep learning and the long history of partnership between the two companies, NVIDIA and AliCloud will work together to further expand the deep learning market and offer innovative companies in deep learning, AI, and Robots strong support.
In addition, the two companies will form a joint lab to conduct deeper research and technical co-operations in fields like deep learning, HPC, and CDN value-added service application. What's more, they will help key clients to port and optimize their HPC applications and provide them with comprehensive services and support.
AliCloud HPC, a high-performance computing product based on its public cloud platform, officially opened for businesses in December 2015. Users can buy GPU server instances on AliCloud's official website. This is the first cloud high-performance computing platform in China. With this GPU computing-based cloud service, companies and research institutes in deep learning and HPC industries can enjoy GPU computing services directly from the cloud. It provides dedicated physical machines equipped with two NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerators.