A key technology that JD.com has developed is JD Camera+, an application for image recognition and similar image search in mobile terminals. JD Camera+ facilitates ease-of-shopping for users by allowing customers to quickly and easily search for their favorites products with just a photo rather than detailed language descriptions.
"In the future, with the help of the Joint Lab, Camera+ will be enhanced from general photo-based searches to more advanced imaged-based searches that will allow users to view, select and purchase from suggested recommendations with an advanced image match algorithm for such items as clothing, make-up, furniture, etc.", stated Weng Zhi, vice president of technology, JD.com.
"As an innovative high-tech company, Mellanox has a deep understanding of virtual networks, Cloud computing and associated technologies, whereas JD.com has a rich business legacy in e-commerce and an outstanding technical team", stated Zhang Chen, CTO, JD.com. "With the help of Mellanox's technologies and products, JD.com hopes to improve production efficiency and bring greater business security to its customers."
"Mellanox is committed to developing and marketing new generations of high-speed intelligent interconnect products which are experiencing rapid acceptance in a wide variety of applications including machine learning, artificial intelligence and other fields. Many of these are experiencing rapid growth on a global basis", stated Amir Prescher, senior vice president of business development, Mellanox Technologies. "In cooperation with JD.com, Mellanox will step up the pace, opening up the Chinese market to high-speed interconnect technology, and deploying solutions to a wider variety of applications while developing better products for users."
Over the years, JD.com has accumulated a vast knowledge base which has enabled the company to create intelligent JD.com, smart business solutions and high-quality e-commerce via continuously and fully utilizing data mining, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technologies. High-speed interconnect technology is essential to support e-commerce artificial intelligence. At present, JD.com has advanced computing and supporting hardware facilities for developing artificial intelligence.
"Current plans call for server upgrades that will bring a qualitative leap in computing efficiency, fast tracking the artificial intelligence of JD.com and shifting our capabilities away from mainstream to cutting edge", stated Weng Zhi. "With Mellanox technologies, in combination with leading-edge computing and numerous applications currently deployed by JD.com, Mellanox will be able to drive product innovation for interconnect technology, and perfect the user experience."
"Mellanox already has mature solutions for deep learning such as GPUDirect RDMA and various hardware-based acceleration", noted Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing, Mellanox Technologies. "The establishment of a joint lab with JD.com brings the industry closer to real applications while driving product and technology innovation. The lab will also enable Mellanox to accelerate the development of a new generation of interconnect solutions."
JD.com-Mellanox Joint Innovative Lab will use image processing and cogitative computing technologies to drive innovation in finance, e-commerce, logistics and intelligence applications. A broad spectrum of intelligent applications ranging from refrigeration, big data search, intelligent logistics to autonomous capabilities - all with the goal of demonstrating application-specific viability to industry.
In addition to safeguarding high-performance and reliable computing for JD.com on Big Data processing, Cloud computing and others, the JD.com-Mellanox Joint Innovation Lab will first deploy new solutions and technologies within JD.com so as to provide a new level of user experience to its customers.
"The cooperation between JD.com and Mellanox is win-win for both companies. The agreement enables JD.com to remain true to its objective of driving leading technologies that make JD.com users' life simpler and happier", noted Zhang Chen.