TensorFlow as a Distributed Virtual Machine

Tuesday March 28, 2017
TensorFlow has a flexible API, and it has automatic differentiation, and it can run on GPUs. But the thing that’s really neat about TensorFlow is that it gives you a fairly general way to easily program across multiple computers.
TensorFlow’s distributed runtime, the big bottom box in this figure from the 2016 paper “TensorFlow: A system for large-scale machine learning”, is the part of TensorFlow that runs the computation graph.

The computation graph, specified with protocol buffers, is much higher level than Java virtual machine (JVM) bytecode. But I think it’s interesting to think of the TensorFlow distributed runtime as a sort of virtual machine. This is not a whole system virtual machine, but a process virtual machine, like the JVM, to “execute computer programs in a platform-independent environment.” The Python API can be like a domain-specific language for programming the TensorFlow graph.
Unlike the JVM, and unlike any other

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Amazon Connect – Customer Contact Center in the Cloud

Customer service is essential to the success of any business. In order to provide voice-based customer service at scale, many organizations operate call centers. At the low end, call centers simply route incoming calls to any available agent. More sophisticated systems support more sophisticated routing and interaction, including the ability to create customized call trees and other Integrated Voice Response (IVR) systems. Traditionally, IVR systems have been difficult to install and expensive to license, with capacity-based pricing the norm.

The Amazon customer service organization aims to deliver an exceptional level of services to our customers. In order to do this at scale, the organization employs tens of thousands of agents working at more than 50 groups and subsidiaries centers scattered around the world, supporting customers that speak a wide variety of languages.
Welcome to Amazon Connect Today I would like to introduce you to Amazon Connect. Building on the

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Google Home adds support for Logitech Harmony, August locks and more

 A slew of companies are announcing new-found compatibility with Google’s Home hub this morning, including August Home smart locks, Logitech’s Harmony line and light bulbs from TP-Link and LIFX. The announcements come as the company works to bolster its smart home presence in the wake of big pushes by Amazon and Apple. A look at the official Google Home page shows a small but key… Read More

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Amazon Connect – Simple to use, cloud-based contact center

” As a fully remote company, we needed a cloud-based soft phone that could easily scale up or down, keep our remote workers connected, and give us the 24/7 availability our clients know us for. Amazon Connect has provided that and more. We have real-time, historical visibility, and reporting. Amazon Connect easily integrates with our existing systems, and the usage-based pricing accommodates our need for seasonal scalability without financial impact. These factors made our decision to move to Amazon Connect an easy one. It was the best choice for both us and our customers.”
— Natalie Fung, CEO, AnswerConnect

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Raspberry Pi based computer offers Real-Time Ethernet

Hilscher is prepping a rugged “netPI” computer that combines a Raspberry Pi 3 with its “netHAT 52-RTE” RPi add-on featuring dual Real-Time Ethernet ports. German Real-Time Ethernet experts Hilscher will soon launch a Raspberry Pi 3-based industrial computer with Real-Time Ethernet support. Hilscher has yet to formally announce the ruggedized netPI computer, but the board […]

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Apple releases iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, tvOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.2 — here’s what’s new

Apple has introduced updates for its all of its major operating systems, releasing iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, tvOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.2. The latest versions add new features, improve the user experience and fix a number of bugs. On the iPhone and iPad front, the biggest addition in iOS 10.3 is the support for locating AirBuds through Find My iPhone. The OS can display the current or last-known location and lets you play sounds through the earbuds to help you find them more quickly. Siri also gets some attention, as in iOS 10.3 it lets you schedule rides through… [Continue Reading]

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