Facebook to Publish Designs for `Big Sur' AI Computer Hardware

  • Company to open-source artificial intelligence server plans
  • Decision follows Google releasing TensorFlow software.

Facebook Inc.’s use of artificial intelligence, which ranges from tools for image recognition to the filtering of the news feeds for its social network, demands special computing infrastructure. The company recently began building custom servers for its artificial intelligence workload and Thursday announced it would release the designs for that powerful hardware to the world -- for free.

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