- Hundreds of AI models are made accessible on an all-new open-source platform
- Launched key serverless solutions to enable better product deployment and development
Hangzhou, China, November 3, 2022 – Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of the Alibaba Group, kicked off its annual Apsara Conference today by announcing the launch of ModelScope, an open-source Model-as-a-Service platform ( MaaS) which includes hundreds of AI models, including large pre-trained models for global developers and researchers. During its flagship conference, the leading global cloud provider also showcased a suite of serverless database products and upgraded its integrated data analytics and intelligent computing platform to help customers pursue business innovation through cloud technologies.
“Cloud computing has brought about a fundamental revolution in the way computing resources are organized, produced, and used for business purposes while changing the software development paradigm and accelerating the integration of cloud and devices,” he said. Explain Jeff Zhang, President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. “As more and more customers accelerate their cloud adoption, we have upgraded our cloud-based resources, services and tools to become serverless, smarter and digitized to reduce barriers preventing businesses to adopt new technologies and seize more opportunities in the cloud era.”
MaaS to create a transparent and inclusive technology community
The ModelScope platform launches today with more than 300 ready-to-deploy AI models developed by Alibaba DAMO Academy, Alibaba’s global research initiative, over the past five years. These models cover various domains ranging from computer vision to natural language processing (NLP) and audio. The platform also includes more than 150 state-of-the-art (SOTA) models, which are globally recognized as the best in their respective fields to achieve the results in a given task.
Also made available on the platform are Alibaba’s proprietary large pre-trained models such as Tongyi, which is capable of transforming text into image with five billion parameters and OFA (One-For-All), a model pre-trained of six billion parameters that excels at cross-modal tasks such as image captioning and visual question answering. To date, independent developers have also contributed dozens of templates to the open source platform.
As an open-source community, ModelScope aims to make developing and running AI models easier and more cost-effective. Developers and researchers can simply test the models online for free and get their test results within minutes. They can also develop custom AI applications by refining existing models and run the models supported by Alibaba Cloud online or deploy them on other cloud platforms or in an on-premises environment.
The launch underscores DAMO’s ongoing efforts and commitment to promoting transparent and inclusive technology by lowering the threshold for building and running AI models, enabling universities and small businesses to easily use AI to their research and in their business, respectively. The community is expected to grow further with more quality models available on the platform from DAMO, research institute partners and third-party developers in the near future.
New and upgraded solutions to increase IT efficiency
Keeping ahead of the emerging trend of serverless software development, Alibaba Cloud is making its core cloud products serverless to allow customers to focus on product deployment and development without worrying about server management. and infrastructure. Essentially, Alibaba Cloud’s updated products focus on transforming computing power into on-demand capacity for users.
For example, PolarDB cloud-native database, AnalyticDB (ADB) cloud-native data warehouse, and ApsaraDB for Relational Database Service (RDS). By leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s serverless technologies, customers can enjoy auto-scaling with extreme elasticity based on actual workloads and a pay-as-you-go billing model to reduce costs. The automatic elastic scaling time on requests can be as short as one second. Using updated database products can help Internet businesses reduce costs by an average of 50% compared to using traditional products. Currently, Alibaba Cloud has more than 20 key serverless products in total, and is adding more product categories to become serverless.
Alibaba Cloud has also upgraded its ODPS (Open Data Platform and Services), a self-developed integrated data analysis and intelligent computing platform, to provide businesses with diversified data processing and analysis services. data. The platform can simultaneously manage online and offline data in a single system, providing companies facing complex workloads with analytics for business decision-making with reduced cost and increased efficiency.
ODPS has updated world records for big data performance, according to recent results from the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), an industry council that sets standards for transaction processing and database benchmarking . Evaluated based on a 100 TB (terabyte) data benchmark, ODPS Maxcompute Cluster performance achieved the highest score for the sixth consecutive year. ODPS Holores Cluster also showed a record result in the TPC-H 30000 GB decision support benchmark test.
To foster workload collaboration between cloud and local hardware, Alibaba Cloud announced the launch of Wuying Architecture with a showcase of its applications on the Wuying Cloudbook. The Cloudbook with Dedicated Architecture is designed to help users access unlimited cloud computing power in a more secure and agile way while promoting collaboration and flexibility in the workplace.
About Alibaba Cloud
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com) is the digital technology and intelligence backbone of the Alibaba Group. It offers a full suite of cloud services to customers around the world, including elastic computing, database, storage, network virtualization services, large-scale computing, security, management and application, big data analytics, a machine learning platform, and Internet of Things (IoT) services. Alibaba has maintained its position as the world’s third-largest provider of public cloud IaaS services since 2018, according to IDC. Alibaba is the world’s third-largest IaaS provider and Asia-Pacific’s top IaaS provider by U.S. dollar revenue since 2018, according to Gartner.
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