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PyTorch joins the Linux Foundation

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By Nick Flaherty

Leading machine learning software project PyTorch is moving from Meta to the Linux Foundation to become the PyTorch Foundation .

“PyTorch is one of the most important and successful machine learning software projects in the world today. We are excited to work with the project maintainers, contributors and community to transition PyTorch to a neutral home where it can continue to enjoy strong growth and rapid innovation,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director for the Linux Foundation.

Since its release in 2016, over 2400 contributors and 18,0000 organizations have adopted the PyTorch machine learning framework for use in academic research and production environments, making it one of the five-fastest growing open source software communities in the world alongside the Linux kernel and Kubernetes. By August this year it had seen over 65,000 commits.

The Linux Foundation will work with project maintainers, its developer community and initial founding members of PyTorch including AMD, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, Meta, Microsoft Azure and Nvidia.

“We are grateful to the team at Meta, where PyTorch was incubated and grew into a massive ecosystem, for trusting the Linux Foundation with this crucial effort,” said Zemlin.

 “Open software is critical to advancing HPC, AI and ML research, and we’re ready to bring our experience with open software platforms and innovation to the PyTorch Foundation,” said Brad McCredie, corporate vice president, Data Center and Accelerated Processing, AMD. “AMD Instinct accelerators and ROCm software power important HPC and ML sites around the world, from exascale supercomputers at research labs to major cloud deployments showcasing the convergence of HPC and AI/ML. Together with other foundation members, we will support the acceleration of science and research that can make a dramatic impact on the world.”

The majority of popular AI and ML tools and frameworks are open source and the community clearly values transparency and the ethos of open source. Open source communities are playing and will play a leading role in development of the tools and solutions that make AI and ML possible and make it better over time. 

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The Linux Foundation already hosts and works with many projects that are either contributing directly to foundational AI/ML projects through LF AI & Data or contributing to their use cases and integrating with their platforms with LF Networking, AGL, Delta Lake, RISC-V, CNCF and Hyperledger.

The Linux Foundation has named Dr. Ibrahim Haddad, its Vice President of Strategic Programs, as the Executive Director of the PyTorch Foundation.

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