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Google, Facebook Team Up on Artificial Intelligence Tech

The collaboration marks one of the rare instances of the technology rivals working together on joint tech projects.

Researchers at Google and Facebook are working cooperatively to allow Facebook's open source PyTorch framework to interoperate with Google's custom machine learning chips.


Google and Facebook researchers are working to enable Facebook's open source machine learning PyTorch framework to interoperate with Google's custom computer chips for machine learning, called Tensor Processing Units (TPUs).

The overall goal of the project is to enable users to enjoy the simplicity and flexibility of PyTorch while benefiting from the performance, scalability, and cost-efficiency of Cloud TPUs.

Information Services Group's Blair Hanley Frank says this collaboration between Google and Facebook is a critical step to help ensure more people have access to the best hardware and software capabilities to create artificial intelligence models.

In addition, Amazon and Microsoft also are deepening their investment in the PyTorch software. Says Frank, "Expanding framework support can help cloud providers like AWS, Google, and Microsoft drive additional usage of their platforms."

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