May
16
2017
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The Partnership on AI adds Intel, Salesforce and others as it formalizes Grand Challenges and work groups

 Intel, Salesforce, eBay, Sony, SAP, McKinsey & Company, Zalando and Cogitai are joining the Partnership on AI, a collection of companies and non-profits that have committed to sharing best practices and communicating openly about the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence research. The new members will be working alongside existing partners that include Facebook, Amazon, Google,… Read More

May
04
2017
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These big tech companies pay their interns the most

 It’s May and that means the window for locking down internships at tech companies is rapidly closing. In reflection of the 2017 recruiting season, Glassdoor took some time to analyze its anonymized salary data, producing a report of the highest paying internships for 2017. We went ahead and pulled the tech companies from the list, and among large tech companies, Facebook leads the… Read More

May
02
2017
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Facebook’s fastText library is now optimized for mobile

 This morning Facebook’s AI Research (FAIR) lab released an update to fastText, its super-speedy open-source text classification library. When it was initially released, fastText shipped with pre-trained word vectors for 90 languages, but today it’s getting a boost to 294 languages. The release also brings enhancements to reduce model size and ultimately memory demand. Read More

Apr
27
2017
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Percona Live 2017: Beringei – Facebook’s Open Source, In-Memory Time Series Database (TSDB)

Beringei

BeringeiSo that is just about a wrap here at Percona Live 2017 – except for the closing comments and prize giveaway. Before we leave, I have one more session to highlight: Facebook’s Beringei.

Beringei is Facebook’s open source, in-memory time series database. Justin Teller, Engineering Manager at Facebook, presented the session. According to Justin, large-scale monitoring systems cannot handle large-scale analysis in real time because the query performance is too slow. After evaluating and rejecting several disk-based and existing in-memory cache solutions, Facebook turned their attention to writing their own in-memory TSDB to power the health and performance monitoring system at Facebook. They presented “Gorilla: A Fast, Scalable, In-Memory Time Series Database (http://www.vldb.org/pvldb/vol8/p1816-teller.pdf)” at VLDB 2015.

In December 2016, they open sourced the majority of that work with Beringei (https://github.com/facebookincubator/beringei). In this talk, Justin started by presenting how Facebook uses this database to serve production monitoring workloads at Facebook, with an overview of how they use it as the basis for a disaster-ready, high-performance distributed system. He closed by presenting some new performance analysis comparing (favorably) Beringei to Prometheus. Prometheus is an open source TSDB whose time series compression was inspired by the Gorilla VLDB paper and has similar compression behavior.

After the talk, Justin was kind enough to speak briefly with me. Check it out:

It’s been a great conference, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all at Percona Live Europe!

Apr
24
2017
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Facebook launches telco infrastructure accelerator with Orange

 Back in February, the Facebook-led Telecom Infrastructure Project led a call to put $170 million into startups focusing on solutions to improve infrastructure: the switching technologies, engineering, cabling and other components that go into building networking for internet and other communications services. Today comes one more advance on that front: Facebook and the TIP are working… Read More

Apr
21
2017
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Machine intelligence is the future of monetization for Facebook

 That was effectively the only conversation missing from Facebook’s F8 conference — an event that even made time for a progress update on a moonshot project that might one day allow us to hear through our skin. Perhaps that’s the luxury of a company whose advertising revenue is up 57 percent year-over-year. But don’t misconstrue unseen for unimportant. Behind… Read More

Apr
19
2017
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Facebook is improving the 360 video experience by predicting where you will look

 From the stage of F8, Joaquin Quinonero, Facebook’s Director of Applied Machine Learning, described a new technique the company is using to improve the watching experience for 360 videos. The format is challenging to deliver because of its size, but Facebook is using machine learning to reduce the number of pixels that have to be rendered at any one time. By predicting where a viewer… Read More

Apr
19
2017
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Facebook will license its new 360 cameras that capture in six degrees of freedom

 On day two of Facebook’s F8 conference, Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s CTO showed off designs for two new 360 cameras that the company is going to help push to market. The x24, with 24 cameras, and its little brother the x6, with six cameras, can each capture in six degrees of freedom for more immersive 360 content. Facebook plans to license the designs of the two cameras to… Read More

Apr
18
2017
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Facebook analytics gets smarter with Automated Insights and Custom Dashboards

 Facebook’s VP of Partnerships, Ime Archibing, announced updates to Facebook Analytics as well as Facebook Login and Account Kit during his F8 keynote address. Analytics is getting greater customizability and a machine learning boost while Login and Account Kit are benefitting from additional transparency and accessibility. Facebook analytics is a core product for businesses using… Read More

Apr
18
2017
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Workplace by Facebook continues to mature

Workplace" at the Facebook Inc. At the F8 conference today, Facebook announced a bunch of updates to its Workplace by Facebook team communications tool including a slew of new partnerships and new bot integrations, which all show a product that’s maturing to meet the needs of larger enterprise customers. When Workplace by Facebook was first launched last fall, it was an attempt to take Facebook and put it into a… Read More

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