IBM HAS DONATED a major piece of software to the open source community.
IBM System ML, the machine learning platform developed at the company's facility in Almaden, is to be contributed to Apache Spark.
System ML is designed to make it easier to express system learning algorithms more quickly and simply.
Apache Spark began life as a research project at University College Berkeley in 2009 and has gone on to be the fastest growing open source project in history.
By integrating IBM System ML to Apache Spark, with Spark acting as a "Tower of Babel" to other independently created systems, analysts will be able to get a more purposeful 360-degree set of data and emerging patterns from multiple sets of raw data.
IBM will be offering Spark as a service as part of its hugely successful fledgling IBM Bluemix open cloud technology, meaning that any app developer will be able to quickly access and harness the System ML tech.
Bluemix launched last year as a "grass roots" approach to cloud foundries, with "garages" acting as incubators and advisories for businesses, including one in Islington, London.
IBM has also committed to educating a million data scientists and engineers on how to use Spark, as part of partnership agreements with AMPLab, DataCamp, MetiStrea, Galvanize and the Big Data University.
The news formed the centrepiece of events at day one of Sparkfest, a developer conference in San Francisco for Apache Spark developers and analysts.
Last week, IBM launched SuperVessel, an all-in-one development platform designed to encourage uptake in the use of the Power PC chipset which the company is betting all its hopes on after the sale of its x86 server division to Lenovo. µ
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