IBM Integrates TensorFlow into
January 26, 2017
PowerAI distribution for popular open source Machine Learning and Deep
Learning frameworks on the POWER8 architecture now supports the
TensorFlow 0.12 framework that was originally created by Google.
TensorFlow support through IBM PowerAI provides enterprises with another
option for fast, flexible, and production-ready tools and support for
developing advanced machine learning products and systems.
As one of the fastest growing fields of machine learning, deep learning
makes it possible to process enormous datasets with millions or even
billions of elements and extract useful predictive models. Deep learning
is transforming the businesses of leading consumer Web and mobile
application companies, and it is quickly being adopted by more
traditional business enterprises as well.
IBM developed PowerAI, enterprise distribution and support for
open-source machine and deep learning frameworks used to build cognitive
applications. PowerAI helps reduce the complexity and risk of deploying
these open source frameworks for enterprises on the Power architecture.
PowerAI is tuned for performance. It offers enterprise support on IBM
Power Systems S822LC for HPC platforms used by thousands of developers
in commercial, academic and hyperscale systems environments. These Power
systems are built with IBM's POWER8 with NVIDIA NVLink processor that is
linked via the high-speed NVLink interface to NVIDIA's Tesla Pascal P100
GPU accelerators. The CPU to GPU and GPU to GPU NVLink connections give
a performance boost to deep learning and analytics applications.
In addition, deep learning and other machine learning techniques are
being deployed across a wide range of industry sectors including
banking, the automotive industry and retail.
"TensorFlow is quickly becoming a viable option for companies interested
in deploying deep learning for tasks ranging from computer vision, to
speech recognition, to text analytics," said Rajat Monga, engineering
leader for TensorFlow. "IBM's enterprise offering of TensorFlow will
help organizations deploy this framework -- we're glad to see this
Technology Support Services will build upon its optimal hardware support
services by investing and launching a new innovative enterprise software
support offering that gives clients the integrated support they need on
the PowerAI stack for a competitive advantage. Further, IBM Global
Business Solutions established a deep learning design and development
team as part of its Cognitive Business Solutions practice to help build
solutions on the PowerAI platform, while making use of popular
frameworks such as Tensorflow. The team is dedicated to helping clients
realize the transformative value of cognitive solutions, while combining
the world of design thinking and PowerAI solution development to bring
deep learning services to the enterprise.
"Every enterprise is looking at emerging artificial intelligence methods
to take advantage of the data they now have access to," said Ken King,
IBM general manager for OpenPOWER. "Our PowerAI software offering
curates, packages, and provides enterprise-level support for the major
deep learning frameworks like TensorFlow, to enable enterprises to
easily use these new AI methods to build new computer models for
analyzing their data."
IBM also added the Chainer deep learning framework to the latest release
of PowerAI. PowerAI now includes CAFFE, Chainer, TensorFlow, Theano,
Torch, NVIDIA DIGITS, and several other machine and deep learning
frameworks and libraries and is
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