Alibaba Cloud Wins National Technology Invention Award

  • This is the first time that an Internet company has won two national science and technology awards.
  • Alibaba Cloud and Shanghai Jiaotong University jointly launched the "Key Technologies and Systems for Cloud Computing Facing Sudden Peak Services."
  • Alibaba Cloud and Tsinghua University jointly developed the key technology and application of the coding camera.

On the morning of January 10, the National Science and Technology Awards Conference was held in Beijing. Alibaba Cloud has won two national awards, the National Technology Invention Award and the National Science and Technology Progress Award. The award-winning technology is derived from a decade of technology and strategic investment, and has served hundreds of millions of people.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited, (also known as Alibaba Group and as Alibaba), is a Chinese multinational conglomerate holding company specializing in e-commerce, retail, Internet, and technology. Alibaba is the world’s largest retailer and e-commerce company, one of the largest Internet and artificial intelligence companies, one of the biggest venture capital firms, and one of the biggest investment corporations in the world.

This is the first time that an Internet company has won two national science and technology awards. It has also achieved a breakthrough for the Internet company in the National Technology Invention Award. This means that Alibaba’s technology strategy, with a ten-year cycle, has entered the harvest period, and it also indicates that private enterprises have begun to become a new “engine” for building an innovative country.

The National Science and Technology Award is established by the State Council, and is the highest level of science and technology awards in China. Past winners include well-known scientists, such as Yuan Longping and Tu Yan. Scientists, and teams of national strategic projects, such as manned spaceflight, the Three Gorges Project, and the Qinghai-Tibet Railway ae other past winners.

This time, Alibaba Cloud and Shanghai Jiaotong University jointly launched the “Key Technologies and Systems for Cloud Computing Facing Sudden Peak Services,” which won the second prize of National Technology Invention. Abrupt peaks are common in large-scale scenarios. Spring Festival ticket grabbing, Spike, Spring Festival Gala, Double 11, and New Year’s Eve are all typical technical problems facing the global technology industry.

Through more than ten years of strategic technology investment, Alibaba Cloud has successfully solved these problems, and provided technical services at multiple large-scale events. In 2019, the Double 11 core system was 100% on the cloud, and the peak order creation reached 544,000 transactions per second. This is 1360 times the first Double 11 in 2009, and more than eight times the peak processing volume of Visa, the king of international retail payment networks. Smoothly and orderly set a new record for human technology.

In addition, Alibaba Cloud and Tsinghua University jointly developed the key technology and application of the coding camera, which won the National Science and Technology Progress Award. This technology solves the challenges of traditional imaging in the aspects of “full-depth scenes with full clarity, the accurate depth perception of complex scenes, and efficient representation and reconstruction of sensor data” in both software and hardware.

The State Science and Technology Prizes are the highest honors conferred by the national government of the People’s Republic of China in science and technology, in order to recognize citizens and organizations who have made remarkable contributions to scientific and technological progress, and to promote the development of science and technology.

A review of Alibaba’s technology history shows the strategic foresight of its technology investment. In 2009, the company decided to strategically research and develop cloud computing to break through world-class technical problems. Ten years later, Aliyun Feitian cloud computing operating system won the first special award for scientific and technological progress in 15 years by the Chinese Institute of Electronics.

They strategically invested in cloud database R & D in 2010. Ten years later, Ocaenbase database has become the world’s strongest database. In 2009, Tmall Double 11 technology research and development started. A decade later, Alibaba Cloud won two highest national science and technology awards. In 2019, Dr. Wang Jian, who presided over R & D Feitian, was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Alibaba has continued to launch technological breakthroughs in a number of future technology fields and has established scientific research teams such as Dharma Institute and Pinto Brothers, which have achieved a total of 40 in basic technology fields such as machine intelligence, blockchain, quantum computing, autonomous driving, databases, and chips Multiple world firsts.

Among the world’s leading technology companies, Alibaba is the only company with more than half of its R & D staff. Among more than 60,000 scientists and engineers, there are more than 10 IEEE FELLOW and more than 30 well-known university professors. It is a Chinese technology company with the largest number of top scientific talents.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.


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