Microsoft Releases Deep Learning Toolkit

Microsoft has released to the open source community a set of internal GPU-powered tools designed to boost the performance of artificial intelligence technology used for computer speech recognition. In a blog post, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced Monday (Jan. 25) it is releasing its Computational Network Toolkit on Github. Company researchers said they undertook the project out of necessity: Current tools used to improve how computers understand human speech were slowing progress. A group of Microsoft volunteers “set out to solve this problem on their own, using a homegrown solution that stressed performance over all else,” the company said. “The effort paid off.” According to the company, Xuedong Huang, Microsoft’s chief speech scientist, led internal testing showing the toolkit outperformed four other computational toolkits widely used by developers to create deep…


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