The next-generation machine learning system is used across Google's products, including Google Search, Google Inbox, and its Photos app.
Google is open-sourcing TensorFlow, the company's latest machine learning system that is used across its products and services, including Google Search and the newly released Photos app. An earlier version of deep learning technology, dubbed DistBelief, made it possible for engineers to build larger neural networks. However, configuring the system proved to be difficult, and sharing code externally is almost impossible, writes Jeff Dean, Senior Google Fellow.
TensorFlow was developed from the ground up to “right the wrong,” bringing improvements to DistBelief's speed, scalability, and production-readiness. The second-generation machine learning system is portable, flexible, and easy to use. But Google is upping the ante by making it an open source library for virtually anyone to use and develop. TensorFlow is twice as fast as DistBelief, according to Google's benchmarks.
Any computation that can be expressed as a computational flow graph can be computed using TensorFlow, says Rajat Monga, the Technical Lead of the project. Apart from using TensorFlow for research projects, it can be applied to actual products as well. It can run on datacenters, networks of computers, or even on a smartphone. Google, for instance, uses the technology to improve the speech recognition in Google Search, as well as on Smart Reply in Inbox. This allows Google to improve its products faster.
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“We've seen first-hand what TensorFlow can do, and we think it could make an even bigger impact outside Google. So today we’re also open-sourcing TensorFlow. We hope this will let the machine learning community—everyone from academic researchers, to engineers, to hobbyists—exchange ideas much more quickly, through working code rather than just research papers,” says Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google. “And that, in turn, will accelerate research on machine learning, in the end making technology work better for everyone.”
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