Running BigDL Apache Spark Deep Learning Library on Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine

This post is co-authored by Gopi Kumar at Microsoft and Sergey Ermolin at Intel. Introduction BigDL is a distributed deep learning library for Apache Spark. It has both Python and Scala interfaces and takes advantage of Spark-enabled distributed compute infrastructure, allowing users to write Deep Learning applications in a familiar native Spark context format. The Microsoft… Read more

Introducing the New Data Science Virtual Machine on Windows Server 2016

This post is authored by Udayan Kumar, Software Engineer at Microsoft. We are excited to offer a Windows Server 2016 version of our very popular Microsoft Azure Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM). This new DSVM version is based on the latest Windows Server 2016 Data Center edition. We’ve added new tools and upgraded existing tools… Read more

Microsoft AI – Now Serving Critical Care Patients, Water-Insecure Populations in Africa, Bank Customers in New Zealand & Many More

New customers are benefiting from Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence offerings at a record pace  – here’s a look at some of the latest. Saving the Lives of Patients in Critical Care A large part of our current healthcare system is geared towards treating patients only after they have fallen quite sick. While it would clearly be… Read more

GA of Cognitive Toolkit 2.0 – Microsoft’s Open Source, Enterprise-Ready, TensorFlow-Outperforming AI Toolkit

Re-posted from the Microsoft Next blog and the Cognitive Toolkit blog. We’re excited to announce the general availability of Cognitive Toolkit 2.0, Microsoft’s open source, enterprise-ready, production-grade AI offering. Cognitive Toolkit allows users to create, train, and evaluate their own neural networks that can then scale efficiently across multiple GPUs and machines on massive data… Read more

“Serving AI with Data” – Recap of the Microsoft AI Immersion Workshop

Artificial Intelligence is enjoying its day in the sun. AI-related articles are now routinely featured as front page news and the technology is being used in an ever growing variety of applications, including in conversational bots, autonomous vehicles, connected machines, in medical diagnosis and much more. AI is therefore of growing interest to millions of… Read more

Democratizing AI Through Microsoft Certifications in Data Science & Machine Learning

Posted by Marla Michel, Senior Program Manager for Ecosystem Development & Training at Microsoft. This blog is the first in a series where we will discuss several new certification exams for data professionals and the resources to prepare for them. When individuals decide which certification to take, their decision is typically based on their role… Read more

Now Serving: More AI with Your Big Data

Re-posted from the Microsoft SQL Server blog. Earlier today, at Build 2017, we made a string of announcements to further help developers and customers around the planet create breakthrough experiences through the power of artificial intelligence and big data. There were 3 major themes to these announcements: 1. AI at the Heart of the Microsoft… Read more

Microsoft’s Chris Bishop Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society

Re-posted from the Microsoft Next blog. Chris Bishop, distinguished scientist, director of Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK), and a renowned expert in artificial intelligence and machine learning, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The addition of Chris to this elite body talks to the preeminence of AI… Read more

Monitoring Petabyte-Scale AI Data Lakes in Azure

This post by Reed Umbrasas, Software Engineer at Microsoft. Azure Data Lake Analytics lets customers run massively parallel jobs over petabytes of raw data stored in Azure Data Lake Store. During the recent Microsoft Data Amp event, we demonstrated how this massive processing power can be used to build a petabyte scale AI data lake… Read more

Using Microsoft’s Deep Learning Toolkit with Spark on Azure HDInsight Clusters

This post is authored by Miruna Oprescu, Software Engineer, and Mary Wahl, Data Scientist at Microsoft Have you ever wondered what it would be like to combine the power of deep learning with the scalability of distributed computing? Say no more! We present a solution that uses leading-edge technologies to score images using a pre-trained… Read more