Ericsson has been added to the Linux Foundation Deep Learning Group's roster as a "premier member."
Joining the LF Deep Learning Foundation as a premier member gives Ericsson a seat on the board of directors as well as positions in both the technical advisory council and outreach committee.
Ericsson’s status as a member gives it the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from a neutral space where AI companies are working together to forge the capabilities and tools that solve real-world problems for customers.
Prior to officially joining, Ericsson was already contributing to the Linux Foundation Deep Learning Group through its work with AT&T, Orange and other community participants in the Acumos AI Project.
“We are very pleased to welcome Ericsson to the LF Deep Learning Foundation,” said Ibrahim Haddad, LF Deep Learning Foundation executive director, in a prepared statement. “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.”
Amdocs, AT&T, B.Yond, Baidu, Huawei, Nokia, Tech Mahindra, Tencent, Univa and ZTE were the founding members of LF Deep Learning back in March, followed by new members Ciena, DiDi, Intel, Orange and Red Hat in August of last year.
AT&T and Tech Mahindra announced two years ago that they had partnered to create the Acumos platform with the goal of putting it in to open source. Acumos was created to simplify the development of AI while also providing a marketplace for accessing, using and enhancing AI apps.
While Acumos was the first announced project for Deep Learning, it has since added Angel and EDL, which were developed by Baidu and Tencent.
Angel ML is a flexible and parameter server for large-scale machine learning while EDL is a framework designed to help cloud service providers build cluster cloud services using deep learning frameworks.
Other projects include Horovod, a framework for distributed training across multiple machines and Pyro, a deep probabilistic programming framework that facilitates large-scale exploration of AI models.
With the addition of Ericsson, the LF DL board includes: Amdocs, AT&T, Baidu, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, Tech Mahindra, Tencent and ZTE.
Ericsson paid around $100,000 to be a premier member of the LF Deep Learning Foundation. Ericsson is also a member of the Linux Foundation's LF Networking, DPDK, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and LF Edge Foundation.