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Intel and Alibaba partner on artificial intelligence at CES 2019

Intel and Alibaba have announced at CES 2019 a partnership on developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology for 3D-tracking of athletes during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Intel panel at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2013

The partnership will bring together Intel hardware and the Alibaba cloud, allowing coaches to extract biomechanical data during training and competition “without the use of special sensors or suits”, Intel said at CES in Las Vegas on Monday.

“Optimised to run on Alibaba Cloud infrastructure,” Intel Data Center Group executive vice president and general manager Navin Shenoy said, “Intel developed a novel technology concept called 3D Athlete Tracking that uses AI to analyse video of athletes in ways that are expected to improve both the training process and has the potential to enhance the audience experience during actual competition.”

The Intel executive added the technology will also provide broadcasters with the ability to “analyse, dissect, and re-examine highlights during instant replays”.

Announcing the new partnership, Intel also said it worked with Alibaba on its Singles Day event in November, which saw the company make 213.5 billion yuan — $30.8 billion — in merchandise only through its 24-hour shopping event.

“Alibaba deployed Intel’s latest processor and memory technology to help power the 11.11 Alibaba Global Shopping Festival,” Intel said.

“The Alibaba Global Shopping Festival places a lot of demands on Alibaba Cloud’s infrastructure to perform real-time processing of massive spikes of data and to support heavy amounts of traffic visiting its website.

“To meet the computing demand, Alibaba deployed next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors along with Intel Optane DC persistent memory in its production environment.”

At CES 2019, Intel also announced a partnership with Comcast on 10-gigabit cable standards and 1-gigabit Wi-Fi 6 technology, together with new PC innovations and products.

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