IBM Develops Preprocessing Block, Makes Machine Learning Faster Tenfold

International Business Machines’ (IBM) research laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland has developed a new generic preprocessing building block that could make the speed by which machine learning algorithms can absorb new information faster.

Such development is expected to largely benefit the booming AI industry.

According to IBM Zurich mathematician Thomas Parnell, they have developed a generic solution to the AI learning process with a 10 times speedup.

“To the best of our knowledge, we are first to have generic solution with a 10x speedup. Specifically, for traditional, linear machine learning models — which are widely used for data sets that are too big for neural networks to train on — we have implemented the techniques on the best reference schemes and demonstrated a minimum of a 10x speedup.”

Possible benefits of the new development to the AI industry

According to the research lab the main purpose of the invention is to enhance the speed at which AI machines can learn new information.

The block, which utilizes mathematical duality to filter vital pieces of information in a data stream and ignore the unimportant ones, is mainly designed for big data machine learning…

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