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April 17, 2017

IBM Broadens Collaboration on Anaconda


IBM, which recently extended support for the Anaconda data science platform to its open source mainframe, takes another step this week by offering the data platform on its Cognitive Systems platform in collaboration with Anaconda developer Continuum Analytics.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) also announced on Monday (April 17) the formation of a machine learning work group within the OpenPOWER Foundation. The new group, which includes Google NASDAQ: GOOGL), will help define machine-learning frameworks for both OpenPOWER and IBM’s Power architecture.

Meanwhile, the closer coupling of Anaconda with IBM’s cognitive platform will include integration with IBM’s PowerAI software for machine and deep learning. The combination is touted as leveraging the IBM processor along with GPU acceleration for cognitive workloads. The company also noted that the collaboration with Continuum Analytics would help data scientists and developers to deploy and scale deep learning applications.

Among the goals of the collaboration is moving Anaconda deeper into enterprises and spurring adoption of machine and deep learning frameworks used to develop cognitive applications.

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