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Microsoft's CNTK AI Toolkit Gets a Performance Boost

The open source AI project is faster and has some helpful new features.


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Microsoft has updated Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK), its set of open source artificial intelligence (AI) tools that was first released in January. CNTK 1.5 includes better support for parallel processing with GPUs, which results in better speed and scalability.

In a blog post, Microsoft also said that the update "includes a revamped I/O architecture, including more flexible readers for text and speech, making it easier to input popular formats into the toolkit for deep-learning training. This saves users from having to write their own code to parse these formats themselves." In addition, it now includes Deep Residual Nets for Image Recognition and Sequence-to-Sequence with Attention, as well as new features for its BrainScript programming language.

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