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ORNL Licenses AI System to General Motors for Automotive Use


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GM will evaluate MENNDL's potential to speed up the development of driver assistance technologies.

Credit: ORNL

The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has licensed MENNDL, an artificial intelligence software system, to General Motors for use in vehicle technology and design.

MENNDL, the Multinode Evolutionary Neural Networks for Deep Learning, uses an evolutionary algorithm to optimize the design of convolutional neural networks. General Motors will assess MENNDL's potential to accelerate advanced driver assistance systems technology and design. This is the first commercial license for MENNDL as well as the first AI technology to be commercially licensed from ORNL.

The MENNDL AI system can dramatically speed up the design of effective neural networks, evaluating thousands  of networks in a matter of hours. It can run on a variety of systems, from desktops to supercomputers, equipped with graphics processing units.

"MENNDL leverages compute power to explore all the different design parameters that are available to you, fully automated, and then comes back and says, 'Here's a list of all the network designs that I tried. Here are the results — the good ones, the bad ones.' And now, in a matter of hours instead of months or years, you have a full set of network designs for a particular application," says Robert Patton, head of ORNL's Learning Systems Group and leader of the MENNDL development team.

From Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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