Skymind joins Eclipse Foundation, contributes Deeplearning4j suite

A vendor-neutral machine-learning platform for enterprise

San Francisco, CA - Oct. 4, 2017: Skymind joins the Eclipse Foundation as a solution member contributing its machine-learning suite including Deeplearning4j, an open-source project for configuring and tuning deep neural networks.

With more than 150,000 downloads per month, Deeplearning4j is an enterprise-tested deep-learning library based on open standards, scalability and interoperability. The Eclipse ecosystem includes a solid technology stack to support and enhance deep learning: Eclipse Scout, IoT, etc.

"Skymind built the most widely used deep-learning framework for the JVM, and we’re contributing it to the Eclipse Foundation to share with a larger community that needs open standards and vendor-neutral code" says the CTO and co-founder of Skymind, Adam Gibson. “This is a big step towards making AI accessible and reliable for the Fortune 2000.”

AI solutions require cross-team development involving data scientists, data engineers and DevOps teams, enabling large organizations to build their own AI solutions independent of proprietary software vendors. With Deeplearning4j, Skymind has built a bridge between the data science teams working Python, and the data engineers and DevOps teams working on the JVM. This allows data science projects to go to production, overcoming the integration barriers that, according to Gartner, cause many data science projects to fail.

Integrating with big data tools such as Spark, Kafka, and enterprise distributions of Hadoop like Cloudera’s CDH and Hortonworks’ HDP, Deeplearning4j coordinates distributed neural net training on multi-GPUs. Other important integrations include Eclipse Scout, Weka, Keras, Tensorflow, KNIME, RapidMiner and OpenNLP.

Becoming part of the Eclipse ecosystem will further strengthen the community of contributors and committers for AI-driven business applications involving image and video recognition, fraud and anomaly detection, robotics, IoT, predictive analytics such as market forecasting, and other use cases for AI.

“Incorporating machine learning into the enterprise will drive a whole new class of applications,” explains Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. “Deeplearning4j is the most popular Java-based machine learning framework available today. Creating a vendor-neutral open source community at the Eclipse Foundation is a significant step towards making Deeplearning4j the defacto standard for enterprise Java machine-learning solutions. We are thrilled to have Skymind’s leadership and collaboration within the Eclipse community."

About Ecplipse Deeplearning4j: Eclipse Deeplearning4j is the most widely used deep-learning framework for the JVM. Deeplearning4j allows developers to configure and train deep neural networks to produce state-of-the-art AI solutions using open-source tools. Deeplearning4j combines with other open-source tools such as DataVec for ETL, ND4J for scientific computing with tensors on the JVM, RL4J for reinforcement learning, and Arbiter for hyperparameter optimization, to cover all stages of the deep learning workflow.

About The Eclipse Foundation: The Eclipse Foundation Inc., Canada is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects and helps cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products and services. In general, the Eclipse Foundation provides four services to the Eclipse community: IT Infrastructure, IP Management, Development Process, and Ecosystem Development.

About Skymind Inc.: Skymind is the leading open-source AI company. It created and supports a suite of open-source machine-learning tools including Deeplearning4j. The company was founded in 2014 and is backed by investors such as Tencent, Y Combinator, SV Angel, and former Oracle CEO Ray Lane. Similar to Red Hat, Skymind offers support, training and services: support for its enterprise distribution; training in AI development; and services such as building AI solutions for enterprise. Headquartered in San Francisco, Skymind’s open-source framework counts over tens of thousands of open-source engineers as users and many Fortune 500 corporations as clients, including SoftBank, France Telecom's Orange and Ericsson.

For further information about Skymind, please contact [email protected].

For further information about Eclipse Deeplearning4j, please visit its page at the Eclipse Foundation.

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