SUNNYVALE, CA and YOKNEAM, ISRAEL – June 21, 2016 – Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, and JD.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:JD), China’s largest online direct sales company, today announced that they have concluded a cooperative agreement involving the establishment of the JD.com-Mellanox Joint Innovation Lab, designed to drive technology innovation. Based on the agreement, both parties will work together on new technology innovation, enhanced user experience and developing a new e-commerce platform for enterprise-level products. Together, the companies are dedicated to driving the next generation of e-commerce artificial intelligence solutions, and conducting associated research and development for high-speed interconnect products.
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.,” said 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,” said 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,” said 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,” said 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 cognitive 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.
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Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ: MLNX) is a leading supplier of end-to-end Ethernet and InfiniBand intelligent interconnect solutions and services for servers, storage, and hyper-converged infrastructure. Mellanox intelligent interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance. Mellanox offers a choice of high performance solutions: network and multicore processors, network adapters, switches, cables, software and silicon, that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage, network security, telecom and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com.
JD.com, Inc. is China’s leading online direct sales company and the country’s largest Internet Company by revenue. The company strives to offer consumers the best online shopping experience. Through its content-rich and user-friendly website, JD.com and mobile applications, JD.com offers a wide selection of authentic products at competitive prices and delivers products in a speedy and reliable manner. The company believes it has the largest fulfillment infrastructure of any e-commerce company in China. JD.com operates 7 fulfillment centers and a total of 213 warehouses in 50 cities, and in total 5,367 delivery stations and pickup stations in 2,356 counties and districts across China, staffed by its own employees. JD.com is a member of the NASDAQ100.
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