At Baidu Create, an AI developer conference hosted in Beijing last week, Intel has announced that it is working with Baidu on AI hardware and software platforms. Intel and Baidu have a long history of cooperation, and Intel has a range of solutions that help Baidu in its efforts of developing cutting-edge AI technologies. On the hardware front, Baidu is collaborating with Intel on the research and development of Nervana Neural Network Processor for Training (NNP-T), a hardware accelerator optimized for deep learning. Announced in 2017, NNP-T 1000 includes processor cores based on Intel’s Ice Lake architecture to optimize neural networks. Apart from the collaboration on NNP-T, Baidu is also using Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to power its infrastructure running Baidu Brain, an AI platform providing intelligence to internal and external applications. The platform exposes over 100 AI services including, natural language processing, facial recognition, voice processing and recognition among other services. Intel and Baidu have worked on optimizing the hardware based on 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors to accelerate performance for workloads incorporating speech synthes...