Microsoft makes its deep learning framework accessible for developers

Seeking to spread usage of its deep learning software, Microsoft is making its open source CNTK (Computational Network Toolkit) for artificial intelligence available on GitHub. It’s not the first tech giant to release its deep learning software for free; last November, Google open-sourced its TensorFlow machine learning system that powered its Photos search functionality. Since April 2015, CNTK has been available via open source but under a more-restrictive license. However, when it was still on CodePlex, it was restricted by an academic license, which means that it was virtually unused beyond scholarly use. “It is our hope that the community will take advantage of CNTK to share ideas more quickly through the exchange of open source working code”, Microsoft’s upload on GitHub reads. CNTK, which effectively lets developers create deep…


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