Intel, Cloudera open source tech unleashes power of artificial intelligence workloads



Companies say they see the future potential in AI as untapped, “despite massive leaps in technology and growing implementation in recent years”.

Intel and data management company Cloudera have jointly launched a solution aimed at speeding up the process of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) workloads.

The need for next generation predictive analytics, with insights being used on real-time automated decision processes has become more relevant to the business layer as enterprises dependence on data increases.

The newly launched solution, Benchmark, has been tested on Cloudera with Apache Spark and the Intel Math Kernel Library (Intel MKL) to address their need for speed.

The companies claim that by combining Spark, Intel MKL libraries, and Intel’s optimised CPU architecture machine learning workloads can scale quickly.

As machine learning solutions get access to more data they can provide better accuracy in delivering predictive maintenance, recommendation engines, proactive healthcare and monitoring, and risk and fraud detection.

Amr Awadallah, chief technical officer of Cloudera, said: “There is a growing urgency to implement more rich machine learning models to explore and solve the most pressing business problems and to impact society in a more meaningful way.

“Already among our user base, machine learning is an increasingly common practice. In fact, in a recent adoption survey over 30% of respondents indicated they are leveraging Spark for machine learning.”

Michael Greene, vice president and general manager of the System Technologies and Optimisation in Software Services Group, Intel Corporation, said: “As long-term business collaborators invested in each other’s technology, expanding our efforts in AI  was a logical step.

“Collectively, we see the future potential in AI as untapped, despite massive leaps in technology and growing implementation in recent years.

“Together Cloudera, Intel and our ecosystem will unleash the power of AI to be faster, more expansive, and smarter from the beginning.”