|PyTorch Joins Linux Foundation|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Tuesday, 13 September 2022|
PyTorch is moving to the Linux Foundation as a top-level project under the name PyTorch Foundation. The core mission of the Linux Foundation is the collaborative development of open source software.
PyTorch is an optimized tensor library for deep learning using GPUs and CPUs that until now has mainly been developed by Meta AI. It aims to offer a replacement for NumPy that makes use of the power of GPUs, while providing a deep learning research platform that provides maximum flexibility and speed.
The Linux Foundation provides a non-profit based, neutral, trusted hub for developers to code, manage, and scale open technology projects. It was formed in 2000 through a merger between the Free Standards Group and the Open Source Development Labs.
Announcing the move, Soumith Chintala, Lead for the PyTorch ML framework at Meta AI Research, said:
"The creation of the PyTorch Foundation will ensure business decisions are being made in a transparent and open manner by a diverse group of members for years to come. The technical decisions remain in control of individual maintainers. I’m excited that the Linux Foundation will be our new home as they have notable experience supporting large open-source projects like ours such as Kubernetes and NodeJS."
Chintala said that when PyTorch development started in 2016, it was a collective effort by:
"a band of people from the [Lua]Torch community with a big chunk of people and funding from Meta and individuals contributing from NVIDIA, Twitter and other entities."
In the intervening years, PyTorch development has increased in size, with over 2,400 contributors and nearly 154,000 projects created using PyTorch as a foundation. PyTorch has become one of the primary platforms for AI research, as well as in commercial production use.
PyTorch is available now on the PyTorch Foundation website and on GitHub.
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