Microsoft’s Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) stacks up well against the competition

Microsoft’s dip into deep computational learning has resulted in benefits to projects such as Cortana, Skype Translator, and Project Oxford Speech APIs. Keeping with the company’s modern development stance, Microsoft has been sharing its secret sauce with the world. The tool behind the company’s success in deep learning is its Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK), which was recently released under an open source license during the ICASSP Conference back in April of this year. CNTK makes up the computational network framework that provide algorithms for both forward computation and gradient calculations. Beyond the mechanics of CNTK, Microsoft is preparing a workable GPU platform to easier analyze the massive amounts of collected data. Microsoft will be combining CNTK with the upcoming release of Azure GPU Lab, intended to modernize current GPU platforms and offer a more…


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