Microsoft Releases An Open-Source Deep Learning Toolkit
Written by Michael Larabel in Microsoft on 25 January 2016 at 09:34 AM EST. 11 Comments
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2015 was filled with many interesting Linux/open-source announcements by Microsoft and it looks like 2016 will not be any different. Today they announced the open-sourcing of a new project.

Microsoft today announced they are making their CNTK deep-learning toolkit available as open-source via GitHub. They describe it as, "CNTK is a unified computational network framework that describes deep neural networks as a series of computational steps via a directed graph. In a directed graph, each node represents an input value or a network parameter, and each edge represents a matrix operation upon its children. CNTK provides algorithms to carry out both forward computation and gradient calculation. Most popular computation node types are predefined and users can easily extend node types under the open source license."

Microsoft claims that CNTK is more efficient than Theano, TensorFlow, Torch 7, and Caffe as other alternatives. The Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) is GPU accelerated using CUDA and can be downloaded today from GitHub under the MIT license. CNTK does appear to be support Linux. More details via this Microsoft blog post.

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