Free Deep Learning Books

April 18th, 2016|

There are not many books on Deep Learning at the moment because it is such a young area of study. However there are new freely online version available of 3 books that cover beginner, intermediate and advanced levels:   Advanced level: "Deep Learning" written by top deep learning scientists Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville. The book includes coverage of all of the main algorithms in the field and can be used as a reference book by those who have experience in the field. Intermediate level: "Neural Networks and Deep Learning" written by Michael Nielsen. The book is a good place to start for those who already have experience in Machine Learning and want to delve into Neural Networks. Beginner level: "FIRST CONTACT WITH TENSORFLOW, get started with Deep Learning programming" written by Jordi Torres. The book is [...]

New release of TensorFlow with distributed computing support

April 13th, 2016|

Few hours ago Google announced his TensorFlow 0.8 that includes distributed computing support. As we already presented in this blog, distributed TensorFlow is powered by the high-performance gRPC library, which supports training on hundreds of machines in parallel according Google post. It complements the recent announcement of Google Cloud Machine Learning, which enables us to use the Google Cloud Platform. The post also announces that they have published a distributed trainer for the Inception image classification neural network in the TensorFlow models repository. The distributed trainer also enables us to scale out training using a cluster management system like Kubernetes from Google. Furthermore, once we have trained our model, we can deploy to production and speed up inference using TensorFlow Serving on Kubernetes. Beyond distributed Inception, the 0.8 release includes new libraries for defining our own distributed models. Using the distributed trainer, they trained the Inception network to 78% accuracy [...]

Mateo Valero Creu de Sant Jordi de la Generalitat a Mateo Valero

April 12th, 2016|

Fantàstic!!!!! Avui s'ha fet públic la concessió de la Creu de Sant Jordi d'enguany al director del BSC-CNS, Mateo Valero, “pel seu treball en l’àmbit de l’arquitectura de computadors, pel qual ha rebut prestigiosos premis internacionals, entre els quals l’Eckert-Mauchly 2007”. El paràgraf anterior està bé, però m'agradaria ser més prosaic i dir que se la mereix amb escreix perquè és un pencaire que ha aportat molt de valor al País. Per posar un exemple molt evident, entre molts, aconseguir que Barcelona sigui referent mundial de la Supercomputació amb un gran centre de recerca que aporta molt de valor, directe i indirectament, a la economia i projecció d'aquest País. Això té molt de valor, que ningú ho dubti. Feliciteu-lo, perquè sens dubte s'ho mereix i fins i tot permeteu-me dir que ja trigavem! Si voleu més detall, [...]

Calçotada season and the new Deep Learning book

April 9th, 2016|

The calçotada season is coming to an end. Keep this excellent recipe from Tampa Bay Times for next year. Now it is time to read First contact with TensorFlow book. Already available a paper version, PDF version and Kindle version. Also this book is going to be freely available on-line in my web page (html version) next April 23th , Saint George's day  (Sant Jordi Day). This day is Barcelona's most romantic day of the year: St Jordi's is a day of Roses and Books. Come to see it! (*) I si no saps quin llibre regalar per St Jordi ...    Sant Jordi's day in all town and cities in Catalonia: #BooksAndRoses  

Cognitive Computing: Issues & Challenges

April 7th, 2016|

  (copy of a post appeared on BSC-CNS blog) Our last newsletter issue presents the BSC view about the challenges of Cognitive Computing. Some of you asked us a more extensive explanation. Here we go! Cognitive Computing? Intelligent systems are mainstream now in most industries [1]. They use artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning, artificial neural networks, streaming analytics, unstructured data and Internet of Things, among many other techniques and technologies. Many of the technologies and events of the every day’s life are directly or indirectly influenced by these intelligent systems. Furthermore, the use of these intelligent systems will impact our society massively: new medical models for personalized medicine, cars with cruise control, drones or robots of all types, etc. We are at the dawn of a new [...]