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

by Srini Penchikala Follow 15 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.

Cloud Follow 81 Followers

Building Conversational and Text Interfaces Using Amazon Lex

by Kent Weare Follow 7 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 3 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..

JavaScript Follow 139 Followers

Facebook Open Sources Yarn, a JavaScript Package Manager

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers on  Oct 12, 2016

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

Development Follow 182 Followers

How Facebook Redesigned the HHVM JIT Compiler for Performance

by Sergio De Simone Follow 5 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 4 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.

Development Follow 182 Followers

Facebook Open-Sources New Compression Algorithm Outperforming Zlib

by Sergio De Simone Follow 5 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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Facebook Open-Sources Deep Learning Project Torchnet

by Dylan Raithel Follow 4 Followers on  Jul 27, 2016 1

Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research laboratory open-sources the Torchnet project to package and optimize boiler plate deep learning code for reuse and plugin-ability.

Mobile Follow 65 Followers

Facebook Announces Open-Source Swift SDK Beta for iOS

by Sergio De Simone Follow 5 Followers on  Jul 17, 2016 7

Now available in beta, Facebook’s new SDK for Swift aims to make it easier for developers to integrate Facebook services into their iOS apps.

JavaScript Follow 139 Followers

Microsoft Supports React Native on UWP, Adds Tooling to VS Code

by David Iffland Follow 3 Followers on  Apr 19, 2016

Microsoft and Facebook have announced that the Universal Windows Platform will be the next platform to support React Native. Aiding developers build React Native apps on Windows, Microsoft also released a React Native extension for Visual Studio Code that provides debugging and IntelliSense in their cross-platform code editor.

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Facebook Wants to Replace Apps with Bots

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers on  Apr 14, 2016 1

Facebook has opened up the Messenger Platform to be integrated with chatbots performing various tasks.

Mobile Follow 65 Followers

How Facebook Designed its Android App for Emerging Markets

by Sergio De Simone Follow 5 Followers on  Mar 15, 2016

In order to fulfill its vision of connecting the Earth, Facebook has designed its Facebook Lite app for Android to make it optimized for use in emerging markets, Facebook engineer Gautam Roy explained.

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Facebook Turns React.js Version Up to 15

by David Iffland Follow 3 Followers on  Feb 25, 2016 1

Seeking to inspire more confidence in the stability of the React.js JavaScript library, Facebook has bumped the version number from 0.14 to 15.0.

Data Science Follow 330 Followers

Facebook Open Sourcing AI Hardware Design

by Alex Giamas Follow 3 Followers on  Dec 21, 2015

Facebook recently announced open sourcing hardware design for its custom designed Open Rack compatible hardware. Attributing advances in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to richer data sets and more powerful GPU-based systems, Facebook is unveiling its next generation systems code-named “Big Sur”, after the synonymous location in California.

Mobile Follow 65 Followers

How Facebook Improved their iOS App Start Time

by Sergio De Simone Follow 5 Followers on  Dec 06, 2015

Facebook engineer Natansh Verma explained how they managed to reduce the launch time of the Facebook app for iOS and shave a few seconds off by streamlining their dependencies and using UDP priming.

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