Open Platform For Enterprise AI Launched
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Thursday, 18 April 2024

A new platform aimed at building and supporting an open artificial intelligence (AI) and data community has been launched.  The Open Platform for Enterprise AI (OPEA) was announced by The Linux Foundation AI & Data Foundation, with founding members including Intel, MariaDB Foundation, Red Hat, SAS and VMware.

LF AI & Data is an umbrella foundation of the Linux Foundation that supports open source innovation in AI and data. The announcement of the sandbox project says the intention is to champion the development of open, multi-provider, robust, and composable GenAI systems, and to drive open source innovation in the AI and data domains by enabling collaboration and the creation of new opportunities for all members of the community.


The new platform includes a detailed framework of composable building blocks for state-of-the-art generative AI systems including LLMs, data stores, and prompt engines. It also offers architectural blueprints of retrieval-augmented generative AI component stack structure and end-to-end workflows. The final element is a four-step assessment for grading generative AI systems around performance, features, trustworthiness and enterprise-grade readiness

Ibrahim Haddad, Executive Director at LF AI & Data, said the project aims to offer open source, standardized, modular and heterogenous Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG) pipelines for enterprises with a focus on open model development, hardened and optimized support of various compilers and toolchains:

"On this foundation, enterprises can accelerate containerized AI integration and delivery, as well as new unique vertical use cases. OPEA will unlock new possibilities in AI by creating a detailed, composable framework that stands at the forefront of technology stacks."

The thinking is that while GenAI projects, particularly those utilizing RAG, are increasing in popularity, there's currently a fragmentation of tools, techniques, and solutions. OPEA intends to address this issue by collaborating with the industry to standardize components, including frameworks. It will also reference solutions that offer performance, interoperability, trustworthiness and enterprise-grade readiness.

Alongside the companies already mentioned, other companies joining the initiative include Anyscale, Cloudera, Datastax, Domino Data Lab, Hugging Face, KX, Minio, Qdrant, Yellowbrick Data and Zilliz. The LF AI & Data Foundation invites other organizations and individuals to join the OPEA project.


More Information

OPEA Website

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