IBM prepares Spark for machine learning

Date: June 15, 2015 Published by



  • IBM is putting considerable resources behind Apache Software Foundation’s Spark to ready the platform for machine learning duties such as pattern recognition and object classification.
  • IBM already offers a number of platform services based on machine learning algorithms, such as language translation and data visualization.
  • The Spark service, which will be available by the end of this month, will allow developers to build and run their own machine learning algorithms, Horowitz said.
  • Machine learning algorithms are especially good at tasks such as automated classification and helping devices sense their surroundings with greater sophistication, he said.
  • It is also contributing some of its own software to the Apache project, namely SystemML, a programming language for machine learning tasks, and will work with Databricks, the company that has largely shepherded the development of Spark to date.


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