The latest news, PyTorch has now “separated” from Meta.

Zuckerberg personally announced that the PyTorch Foundation has been newly established and is under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation.

Its governing board members include Meta, AMD, AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft, and Nvidia.

The meta says:

The driving force behind PyTorch’s success is the vibrant and continued growth of the open source community. The establishment of the Foundation will ensure that community members make decisions in a transparent and open manner for many years to come.

At its core, it’s two words: neutrality.

This point is emphasized in the announcements of all parties.

Meta’s argument is that the PyTorch Foundation adheres to four principles:

Stay open

Maintain neutrality

Be fair

Create a strong technical image

Its priority is to ensure the independence of PyTorch commercialization and technology governance.

The Linux Foundation further explains the importance of PyTorch’s “neutrality”:

Originally incubated by Meta’s AI team, PyTorch has grown into a vast community of contributors and users.

In the AI/ML space, PyTorch is like a Swiss Army knife – a lot of the technology in the AI/ML community is built on top of PyTorch.

As of August 2022, PyTorch has become one of the five fastest growing open source communities in the world alongside Linux kernel, Kubernetes, and more. From August 2021 to August 2022, PyTorch counted more than 65,000 submissions with more than 2,400 contributors participating.

For such a key technology-based platform, neutrality and true community attribution will accelerate its growth and make it more mature.

(The PyTorch Foundation joins the Linux Foundation) will convince community members that PyTorch is part of a public resource that can be relied upon and trusted permanently.

It is worth mentioning that statistics show that more than 80% of researchers now use PyTorch in machine learning summits such as NeurIPS and ICML.

Speaking of the Linux Foundation, which went in both directions with PyTorch, it was founded in 2000.

As a non-profit organization, it was founded to promote, protect, and promote the development of Linux, supporting the open source community through finance, intellectual property, infrastructure, medium and large events, training, and more.

Up to now, the Linux Foundation has covered projects that have long exceeded the scope of Linux itself.

Google, for example, donated Kubernetes to the Linux Foundation in 2015 in the form of a joint venture to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

In Meta’s own words, PyTorch is “an important step forward.”

Netizens heard the news and rushed to watch the “torch” pass.

Many netizens said that it is rare for Meta to come out with good news.

After all, by donating PyTorch to the Linux Foundation, Meta means that the intellectual property of PyTorch has truly passed into the hands of the open source community.

The difference is obvious:

The previous Istio grid service is one example. Before Google donated Istio to CNCF, Istio had failed to dominate the market like Kubernetes because of concerns about Google’s control of the project.

There are also melon netizens who like Meta, not forgetting to give Google a look:

I’m curious if Google will follow suit on TensorFlow and JAX 🙂

Well, the pressure is now on Google’s side.

Meta’s move wasn’t for everyone, though. In the traditional spit Meta link, netizens are still sharp:

Meta is doing this just to make people think that PyTorch is not a Meta product.

So what do you think this “technology neutrality” statement will have on the development of PyTorch?

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