The Linux Foundation, a global non-profit technology consortium, has announced that the PyTorch open source machine learning framework is moving to the Linux Foundation from Meta where it will live under the newly-formed PyTorch Foundation. Since its release in 2016, over 2400 contributors and 18,0000 organizations have adopted the PyTorch machine learning framework for use in academic research and production environments.
The Linux Foundation will work with project maintainers, its developer community, and initial founding members of PyTorch to support the ecosystem at its new home. Projects like PyTorch — that have the potential to become a foundational platform for critical technology — benefit from a neutral home, says the organization.
As part of the Linux Foundation, PyTorch and its community will benefit from many programs and support infrastructure like training and certification programs, research, and local to global events. Working inside and alongside the Linux Foundation, PyTorch will have access to the LFX collaboration portal—enabling mentorships and helping the PyTorch community identify future leaders, find potential hires, and observe shared project dynamics.
“Growth around AI/ML and Deep Learning has been nothing short of extraordinary,” says Jim Zemlin, executive director for the Linux Foundation, “and the community embrace of PyTorch has led to it becoming one of the five-fastest growing open source software projects in the world. Bringing PyTorch to the Linux Foundation where its global community will continue to thrive is a true honor. We are grateful to the team at Meta — where PyTorch was incubated and grown into a massive ecosystem — for trusting the Linux Foundation with this crucial effort.”
Mark Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO, Meta says, “PyTorch has become one of the leading AI platforms with more than 150,000 projects on GitHub built on the framework. The new PyTorch Foundation board will include many of the AI leaders who’ve helped get the community where it is today, including Meta and our partners at AMD, AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and NVIDIA. I’m excited to keep building the PyTorch community and advancing AI research.”
The Linux Foundation has named Dr. Ibrahim Haddad, its Vice President of Strategic Programs, as the Executive Director of the PyTorch Foundation. The PyTorch Foundation will support a strong member ecosystem with a diverse governing board including founding members: AMD, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, Meta, Microsoft Azure and NVIDIA.