Facebook To Open Up Custom Machine Learning Iron

December 10, 2015 Timothy Prickett Morgan There is a simple test to figure out just how seriously social network Facebook is taking machine learning, and it has nothing to do with research papers or counting cat pictures automagically with neural networks. If Facebook is designing and open sourcing hardware to support machine learning at scale, then it is serious. At the Neural Information Processing Systems 2015 conference in Montreal, Quebec this week, Facebook took the wraps off of a custom server, code-named “Big Sur,” that it has created to run its neural network training algorithms. Like most of its hyperscale peers, Facebook is accelerating the running of those training routines against data sets using GPU coprocessors, and Yann LeCun, the inventor of the convolutional neural network and a professor at…


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