Underneath your Facebook kid photos and political arguments, there's an innovative hardware and software platform. While best known for its open-source server hardware approach, Open Compute Project, Facebook does far more than rationalize data centers. Recently, Facebook has open-sourced its machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) framework: PyTorch. Now, it's matured to the point that a beta of PyTorch 1.0 has been released.Also: What is machine learning? Everything you need to know The Python-based PyTorch 1.0 provides developers with the power to seamlessly move from research to production in a single framework. PyTorch 1.0 integrates PyTorch's research-oriented aspects with the modular, production-focused capabilities of Caffe2, a popular deep learning framework, and ONNX (Open Neural Network Exchange), an open format to represent deep learning models. This isn't just good ideas and a half-baked open-source project. PyTorch is already used in many of … [Read more...] about Facebook open-source AI framework PyTorch 1.0 released
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In a vast, dark room the lights glow a steady green, blue, yellow. I'm not inside the Matrix, but it's not far off. With every step I take walk past thousands upon thousands of virtual interactions between real people inside the world's largest social network, Facebook.I'm inside the company's newest European data center in Clonee -- a small town on the fringes of Dublin, Ireland. It is one of a spiderweb of facilities across the US and Europe and one of the rare places you can say the social network exists in a tangible form."The brain of the internet, of Facebook sits here," says Niall McEntegart, Facebook's data center operations director for Europe as we walk between flashing server stacks. These massive facilities provide the foundation for a system that can quickly ferry every "like" or comment from the nearly 1.5 billion users who log in each day around the world and throughout the massive social network. And that's before you account for the millions also using other … [Read more...] about Inside Facebook’s massive center storing your personal information
About 3.8 billion people in the world, or roughly half the population, lack internet access. The Telecom Infra Project (TIP), started by Facebook in February 2016, wants to bring the internet to all of the people who don’t have it. Connectivity gives people a voice, and helps them find and share knowledge, strengthen economies, and improve communities, according to Facebook. But after getting the internet to people in big cities around the world through wired and wireless connections, finishing the rest of the job is a lot harder. In the past year, global connectivity improved 8.3 percent, but that pace means it will be a long time before full internet inclusion is achieved. Progress is frustratingly slow, but more than 500 companies have joined Facebook in this vast effort. The most significant expenses associated with a network are the ongoing costs of operations and maintenance. The Core and Management project groups are simplifying the core network architecture and … [Read more...] about How Facebook and 500 other companies will bring 3.8 billion more people online
A rendering from Facebook of the planned Huntsville, Alabama data center.Facebook Facebook announced plans to build a new $750 million data center in Alabama. The 970,000-square-foot facility will create 100 new jobs and be operational by 2020. It joins Facebook's sprawling network of data centers doted across the US and around the world. On Thursday, the social networking giant announced it was building a new 970,000 square foot facility in Huntsville, a city in the northern part of the US state. "As a growing tech hub, Huntsville seemed like a natural fit for Facebook," the company wrote on a new Facebook post dedicated to the planned data center. "It also provides reliable access to renewable energy, strong local infrastructure, a great set of community partners, and very importantly, an outstanding pool of talent." A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider that it is investing $750 million in the project. The Birmingham Business Journal previously reported Alabama … [Read more...] about Facebook is building a big new $750 million data center in Alabama
In August 2013, Mark Zuckerberg tapped out a 10-page white paper on his iPhone and shared it on Facebook. It was intended as a call to action for the tech industry: Facebook was going to help get people online. Everyone should be entitled to free basic internet service, Zuckerberg argued. Data was, like food or water, a human right. Universal basic internet service is possible, he wrote, but “it isn’t going to happen by itself.” Wiring the world required powerful players—institutions like Facebook. For this plan to be feasible, getting data to people had to become a hundred times cheaper. Zuckerberg said this should be possible within five to 10 years. It was an audacious proposal for the founder of a social software company to make. But the Zuckerberg of 2013 had not yet been humbled by any significant failure. In a few months, the service he’d launched between classes at Harvard would turn 10. A few months after that, he would be turning 30. It was a … [Read more...] about What Happened to Facebook’s Grand Plan to Wire the World?