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Facebook Transitioning to Neural Machine Translation

by Alex Giamas Follow 0 Followers on  Aug 17, 2017

Facebook recently announced the global rollout of NMT. Switching from phrase based translation models to NMT has been rolled out for more than 2,000 translation directions and 4.5 billion translations per day. According to Facebook this provides an 11% increase in BLEU score. We will discuss how it was achieved, what it means for machine generated translation and how it fares against competition.

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Facebook’s New AL Language Aims to Simplify Static Program Analysis

by Sergio De Simone Follow 4 Followers on  May 27, 2017

AL is a simple, declarative language for reasoning about abstract syntax trees that allows to extend Facebook Infer static analyzer.

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Facebook Publishes New Neural Machine Translation Algorithm

by Roland Meertens Follow 0 Followers on  May 24, 2017

Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research team published research results using a new approach for neural machine translation (NMT). Their algorithm scores higher than any other system on three established machine translation tasks.

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React Fiber: A Closer Look at the New Engine of React

by David Iffland Follow 2 Followers on  May 01, 2017

Facebook is working on a completely new architecture underpinning React, their popular JavaScript framework. The new design, dubbed React Fiber, alters how and when changes are detected in order to improve perceived responsiveness on browsers and other rendering targets. React Fiber will be launched in version 16 and should be a drop-in replacement for most React apps.

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10 Weeks to QCon New York: Keynotes Announced and Early Peek into the Speaker Lineup

by Wesley Reisz Follow 4 Followers on  Apr 24, 2017

QCon New York (the 6th annual software conference) is just 10 weeks away. June 26-28 QCon returns to its new location at Times Square’s Marriott Marquis, but with the same great lineup of speakers. 2017 features speakers from Stitch Fix, Google, Netflix, Lyft, Pivotal, Redis Labs, among others.

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Facebook Litho: An Android UI Framework Created for Performance

by Abel Avram Follow 3 Followers on  Apr 19, 2017

Facebook has open sourced Litho, a framework for creating user interfaces in Android applications using a React-like declarative style with scrolling performance in mind.

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The Last Days of Parse

by Sergio De Simone Follow 4 Followers on  Jan 20, 2017 2

Parse co-founder Kevin Lacker sent out a final reminder of Parse shutting down at the end of this month. Developers are urged to export any data they would like to save as soon as possible.

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React Alternative Inferno Hits 1.0

by David Iffland Follow 2 Followers on  Jan 10, 2017

React-like JavaScript library, Inferno, has hit version 1.0. It's a small and highly performant library with a similar API and structure as React, but focused on performance. The project hopes to do more in 2017, but its founder has taken a position with the React team at Facebook.

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Facebook's Comparison of Apache Giraph and Spark GraphX for Graph Data Processing

by Srini Penchikala Follow 6 Followers on  Dec 09, 2016

A Facebook team has recently published a comparison of the performance of their existing Giraph-based graph processing system with the newer GraphX which is part of the popular Spark framework. Their conclusion is that GraphX is neither sufficiently scalable or performant to support their graph processing workloads.

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Building Conversational and Text Interfaces Using Amazon Lex

by Kent Weare Follow 4 Followers on  Dec 09, 2016

At the recent AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon introduced a preview of their deep learning technology called Amazon Lex which can be used to build conversational interfaces using voice and text. Amazon Lex is powered on the same deep learning technology as Alexa, which is used in the portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled Amazon Echo speaker.

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CommAI, a Training and Testing AI System by Facebook

by Alex Giamas Follow 0 Followers on  Oct 21, 2016

Facebook recently announced CommAI-env, a platform for training and evaluating an AI system. Inspired by A roadmap towards Machine Intelligence the system aims for teaching intelligent agents general learning capabilities that would serve as the groundwork for further, more specialized training by human or machine level interaction. The article provides a high level overview of current state and..

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Facebook Open Sources Yarn, a JavaScript Package Manager

by Abel Avram Follow 3 Followers on  Oct 12, 2016

Facebook has open sourced Yarn, a proxy package manager for JavaScript modules stored on npm or Bower registries.

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How Facebook Redesigned the HHVM JIT Compiler for Performance

by Sergio De Simone Follow 4 Followers on  Oct 06, 2016

In the Summer of 2013, Facebook engineers started a major redesign of the HHVM JIT compiler that brought an overall 15% reduction of CPU usage on Facebook’s web servers. Facebook engineer Guilherme Ottoni has recently described how Facebook achieved that result by backing profile-guided optimizations (PGO) into their JIT compiler.

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Microsoft Pushes the Bot Framework, Google Buys API.ai

by Abel Avram Follow 3 Followers on  Sep 23, 2016

Microsoft has made available Bot Framework Preview to developers and Google has purchased API.ai, a bot engine with many integrations.

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Facebook Open-Sources New Compression Algorithm Outperforming Zlib

by Sergio De Simone Follow 4 Followers on  Sep 02, 2016

The new Zstandard 1.0 compression algorithm, recently open sourced by Facebook, is one of the few compression algorithms that is both faster and more efficient than zlib, the current “reigning standard”, write Facebook engineer Yann Collet and Chip Turner.

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