Ericsson joins Linux Foundation Deep Learning Group as Premier Member

Via The Linux Foundation Newsrom

Feb 21, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – February 21, 2019 – The LF Deep Learning Foundation (LF DL), a Linux Foundation that supports and sustains open source innovation in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL), announces Ericsson has become the newest Premier Member. Ericsson, a global leader in delivering ICT solutions, has been at the forefront of communications technology for 140 years.

Ericsson has already begun contributing to the LF Deep Learning Foundation through the Acumos project, working with partners like AT&T, Orange and the broader community to solve complex problems surrounding 5G and IoT through AI and ML.

In addition to participating in LF DL, Ericsson is also a member of LF Networking, DPDK, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and LF Edge Foundation. Ericsson is strongly committed to these future-forward technologies, and to that end the company has built a Global AI Accelerator focused on tackling the complex business problems of today and tomorrow.

Joining the LF Deep Learning Foundation as a Premier Member will provide Ericsson with a seat on the Board of Directors, as well as the Technical Advisory Council and Outreach Committee. Ericsson’s membership gives them the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from a neutral space where all players are working together to make rapid advancement on capabilities and tools that solve real problems for customers as our world becomes more and more connected.

“Today and in the future, as we accelerate 5G commercialization, AI and ML technologies are necessary to solve operational efficiencies and real-time decision making challenges in a trustworthy, reliable and secure way,” said Anita Frisell, VP, Head of Technology Development & Execution at Ericsson. “Collaboration is in our DNA at Ericsson and we see real value in being part of the LF Deep Learning Foundation and the open source community. We look forward to taking an active role in supporting the growth and evolution of the fast-growing open source AI and ML ecosystem, working with leaders across the industry to solve the complex challenges ahead.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Ericsson to the LF Deep Learning Foundation,” said Ibrahim Haddad, LF Deep Learning Foundation Executive Director. “We are creating a sustainable open source AI ecosystem that makes it easier to create AI products and services using open technologies and look forward to having Ericsson play a role in contributing to that effort.”

With the addition of Ericsson the LF DL board includes: Amdocs, AT&T, Baidu, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, Tech Mahindra, Tencent and ZTE. The LF Deep Learning Foundation is currently focused on a variety of projects including Acumos, a platform and open source framework that makes it easy to build, share and deploy AI apps; Angel ML, a flexible and Powerful Parameter Server for large-scale machine learning; EDL, an Elastic Deep Learning framework designed to help cloud service providers to build cluster cloud services using deep learning frameworks; Horovod, a framework for distributed training across multiple machines and Pyro, a deep probabilistic programming framework that facilitates large-scale exploration of AI models.

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