Amazon, Microsoft Join To Offer Artificial Intelligence Platform

The library gives developers an interface where they can prototype, build, train and deploy machine learning models for cloud and mobile apps, the companies explained in a joint press release. By combining the neural network model with its training algorithms, Gluon lets developers train their models in a step-by-step process. Gluon is meant to lower the learning curve for developers getting started with neural networks. The Gluon interface now works with Apache MXNet and will support Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) in an upcoming release. (AWS), an company (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Microsoft Corp.

According to Microsoft, the library simplifies the process of making deep learning models and will enable developers to run multiple deep learning libraries. This makes it easier for developers of all skill levels to build neural networks using simple, concise code, without sacrificing performance. Conversely, some engines focus on offering simpler model building at the expense of training performance.

Thanks to Gluon, developers should expect a concise and easy to understand program interface, the ability to quickly prototype and experiment with neural network models, and a training method that has minimal impact on the speed of the underlying engine. Microsoft and Amazon said in a joint press release today that building machine learning models can be very hard, requires a lot of time and processing power. But then these models need to "learn" what to do by ingesting vast quantities of data, and that is where the collaboration between the two is key: tapping into as wide a range of developers as possible, is a way to bring a lot more data into the system. The two work together in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

Eric Boyd, corporate vice president of Microsoft AI and Research, said it was important for the industry to work together and pool resources to build technology that benefits the broader community. The Gluon interface is open source and now available.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are set to become an even bigger part of the technology and apps that we use on a day-to-day basis, and Microsoft and Amazon are hoping that Gluon will give developers a leg up. You can find out how to get started with Gluon and MXNet with tutorials for beginners and experts, or check out the Gluon interface on Github.

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