Microsoft releases new version of Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit


Microsoft has recently released Beta of Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, a new open source version to further advance the learning system in the areas of speech and image recognition, but not only.  Previously known as CNTK, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit was originally developed by Microsoft scientists who needed a toolkit that would make their research faster and more effective.

“It quickly moved beyond speech and morphed into an offering that customers including a leading international appliance maker and Microsoft’s flagship product groups depend on for a wide variety of deep learning tasks,” according to Microsoft. “We’ve taken it from a research tool to something that works in a production setting,” according to Frank Seide, a principal researcher at Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and a key architect of Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit.

Nowadays a lot of giant companies, as well as small startup companies are in need for a deep learning of speech understanding  and image recognition. This new toolkit will democratize Artificial Intelligence and its tools, will provide  more flexible and sophisticated work, and  avoid food waste and live a healthier life.

“Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit represents tight collaboration between Microsoft and NVIDIA to bring advances to the deep learning community,” said Ian Buck, general manager of the Accelerated Computing Group at NVIDIA.  “Compared to the previous version, it delivers almost two times performance boost in scaling to eight Pascal GPUs in an NVIDIA DGX-1™.”

As expected, the new version of the toolkit will offer its customers a better and faster performance compared to its previous version. Currently available on GitHub, any developer can Python or C++ whenever they use the new  toolkit. “One key reason to use Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit is its ability to scale efficiently across multiple GPUs and multiple machines on massive data sets,” according to Chris Basoglu, a partner engineering manager at Microsoft.

Furthermore, Microsoft recently released Windows 10 Creators Update, which will enable anyone to capture, create, and share in 3D. Microsoft’s vision to bring 3D to the masses will not only inspire users to become more creative, but also communicate their ideas and thoughts better to others.

“With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft introduced Paint 3D — your 3D art studio in Windows — and the online community Remix 3D, connecting creators and creations all over the world. Everyone is welcome to start creating and sharing in Paint 3D today by joining the Windows Insider Program at,” according to a Windows 10 blog post.

Windows new capability will be available and free to all its 400 million users worldwide.


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