Huawei, ECNU inaugurate database innovation lab


19 September, Huawei launched the “GaussDB Golden Seeds Development Program for Academia” at an event held in Shanghai called the 2019 Huawei Connect. Huawei hosted the annual flagship event for the global ICT industry where the company also announced its plans to unveil the four GaussDB innovation labs in which it was jointly-established with ECNU, Wuhan University, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and National Engineering Laboratory for Big Data Software of the Tsinghua University.

The ceremony is held to unveil the plaques of four GaussDB innovation labs 

that are jointly established by Huawei and ECNU and three other domestic universities.

In the future, China’s tech giant plans to partner-up with the four universities in order to create an ecosystem of data-based infrastructure, promote the commercialization of scientific and technological achievements, and yield China-made technologies as world-class products. Through a package on talent cultivation, consisting of training courses, the measures aim to promote innovations and collaboration between the industry, universities and research institutes.

The inauguration ceremony of the Database Industry Working Group 

based on the Kunpeng Intelligent Data Industry Alliance.

In collaborating with some of the countries’ top universities, a finance package to the tune of 150 million yuan in research and university partnerships will be funded by Huawei to expand in superior talents, training programs and data infrastructure. This is to provide GaussDB with training, internships, and job opportunities. It will also provide the universities with free use of GaussDB and GaussDB cloud services.  

The goal is to cultivate more than 1 million high-end GaussDB talents in five years. Huawei also plans to build 10 GaussDB innovation labs on college campuses across the country, including the four unveiled at the conference.  

Huawei and China Computer Federation laid out a plan for databank innovation and research to promote collaboration between universities and the tech company, including a GaussDB competition that will be held every year. The universities will encourage teachers to apply for financial support from the Ministry of Education to fund their research and development on courses for databank innovation and research.

ECNU vice president Zhou Aoying delivers a speech at the Huawei Connect 2019.

ECNU vice president Zhou Aoying is also head of the School of Data Science and Engineering. He delivered a speech at the conference called big time, great wisdom and big thinking, Zhou noted that databases are typically organized as hardcore technology that must be supported by the system, technologies and theory, which determines that development of the technology must go hand in hand with the data industry and academia.

In nature, IT is a people-oriented and application-centric solution to real life problems with the help of data, Zhao said, adding that Internet is changing the world. We are in the Internet of Things era. Data is the medium and bridge for Internet of Things. Man is the soul of the universe. What distinguishes big data from previous data is that most of it is Data about Human.

Big data brings about great transformation and great transformation creates big opportunities; to grasp the big opportunities requires great wisdom. Zhou made suggestions on his four Opens for the future development of the database industry. The four Opens are Open source, Open architecture, Open problem and being Open-minded. According to his theory, Open source represents a culture, a spirit and a strategy. Open architecture refers to intensive cultivation and customized research development. Open problem means to address real-life problems and being open-minded contains the idea that innovation requires openness and change of minds.

Zhou Aoying (1st R) talks with Huawei senior vice president Zheng Baoyong (2nd L).

ECNU and Huawei have laid a solid foundation for cooperation over the years whereby the university has provided Huawei with a large number of outstanding talents. Currently, 500 ECNU graduates are estimated to work for the company. Huawei has also rendered support to ECNU through various means such as cooperation on scientific research and campus construction while working with the university to explore the establishment of a funding mechanism for a larger talent pool. The two parties have already begun a process of in-depth cooperation in other comprehensive areas such as joint scientific research and innovation, talent training and exchange, smart campus construction and informatization in basic education. This served as the backdrop for clinching a comprehensive cooperation agreement in July this year.

Edited by Siyuan Zhang   Proofread by Joshua Mayfield    Reviewed by Wenjun Guo


East China Normal University