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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® SystemML™ as a Top-Level Project
Date Wed, 31 May 2017 11:00:52 GMT
[this announcement is available online at https://s.apache.org/7nee ]

Open Source Big Data machine learning platform in use at Cadent
Technology and IBM Watson Health, among other organizations.

Forest Hill, MD –31 May 2017– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the
all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open
Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache® SystemML™
has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project
(TLP), signifying that the project's community and products have been
well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache SystemML is a machine learning platform optimal for Big Data that
provides declarative, large-scale machine learning and deep learning.
SystemML can be run on top of Apache Spark, where it automatically
scales data, line by line, to determine whether code should be run on
the driver or an Apache Spark cluster.

"Today, the machine learning revolution is leading to thousands of
life-altering innovations such as self-driving cars and computers that
detect cancer," said Deron Eriksson, Vice President of Apache SystemML.
"Apache SystemML enables and simplifies this process by executing
optimized high-level algorithms on Big Data using proven technologies
such as Apache Spark and Apache Hadoop MapReduce."

The core of Apache SystemML has been created from the ground up with the
following design principles in mind: 

Performance and Scalability, as SystemML scales up on single nodes, and
scales out on large clusters using Apache Spark or Apache Hadoop;
"Designed for data scientists", enabling data scientists to develop
algorithms in a system with a strong foundation in linear algebra and
statistical functions; and 
Cost-based optimization for scalable execution plans, that significantly
shortens and simplifies the development and deployment cycle of
algorithms for varying data characteristics and system configurations.
Using Apache SystemML, data scientists are able to implement algorithms
using high-level language concepts without knowledge of distributed
programming. Depending on data characteristics such as data size/shape
and data sparsity (dense/sparse), and cluster characteristics such as
cluster size and memory configurations, SystemML's cost-based optimizing
compiler automatically generates hybrid runtime execution plans that are
composed of single-node and distributed operations on Apache Spark or
Apache Hadoop clusters for best performance.

"SystemML allows Cadent to implement advanced numerical programming
methods in Apache Spark, empowering us to leverage specialized
algorithms in our predictive analysis software," said Michael Zargham,
Chief Scientist at Cadent Technology.

"SystemML is like SQL for Machine Learning, it enables Data Scientists
to concentrate on the problem at hand, working in a high-level script
language like R, and all the optimizations and rewrites are handled by
the very powerful SystemML optimizer that considers data and available
resources to produce the best execution plan for the application," said
Luciano Resende, Architect at the IBM Spark Technology Center and Apache
SystemML Incubator Mentor.

"IBM Watson Health VBC is using Apache SystemML on Apache Spark to build
risk models on a very large EHR data set to predict emergency department
visits," said Steve Beier, Vice President of Value Based Care Platform
and Analytics at IBM Watson Health. "The models identify high-risk
patients so that they can be targeted with preemptive strategies, thus
potentially reducing care costs while at the same time leading to
optimal outcomes for patients."

SystemML originated at IBM Research - Almaden in 2010, and was submitted
to the Apache Incubator in November 2015. SystemML initiated compressed
linear algebra research, a differentiating feature in SystemML, which
received the VLDB 2016 Best Paper.

"The Apache Incubator is all about open collaboration and communication
and was invaluable for everyone involved in SystemML," added Eriksson.
"The Apache SystemML community sincerely encourages everyone interested
in machine learning and deep learning to help build our community around
this revolutionary technology."

Catch Apache SystemML in action at the Big Data Developers Silicon
Valley MeetUp on 8 June 2017 in San Francisco, CA.

Availability and Oversight
Apache SystemML software is released under the Apache License v2.0 and
is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the
project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's
day-to-day operations, including community development and product
releases. For downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with
Apache SystemML, visit http://systemml.apache.org/ and

About the Apache Incubator
The Apache Incubator is the entry path for projects and codebases
wishing to become part of the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation.
All code donations from external organizations and existing external
projects wishing to join the ASF enter through the Incubator to: 1)
ensure all donations are in accordance with the ASF legal standards; and
2) develop new communities that adhere to our guiding principles.
Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects until a further
review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision
making process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other
successful ASF projects. While incubation status is not necessarily a
reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does
indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF. For
more information, visit http://incubator.apache.org/

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350
leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's
most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process
known as "The Apache Way," more than 620 individual Members and 6,000
Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available
enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide:
thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache
License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists,
mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user
conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable
organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors
including Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct,
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LeaseWeb, Microsoft, ODPi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access,
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more information, visit https://www.apache.org/ and

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