Article: This Washington-Based AI Startup Offers An Acceleration Platform That Helps Engineering Teams Deploy Machine Learning Models On Any Hardware

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This Washington-Based AI Startup Offers An Acceleration Platform That Helps Engineering Teams Deploy Machine Learning Models On Any Hardware

OctoML is a Washington-based startup that offers an acceleration platform for deploying machine learning models and algorithms on the hardware. This platform primarily helps the engineering teams deploy the machine learning models seamlessly and with increased accuracy. The platform is built on an open-source Apache TVM compiler framework project.

In the recent Series B funding rounds, OctoML raised $28 million, which takes the company’s total capital to around $47 million. The funds raised will be utilized to up the machinery of the organization, build a customer success team and expand the engineering team further to develop and include new features on the platform.

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Article: Flying on Mars fueled with open-source software

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Flying on Mars fueled with open-source software

For the first time in history, we’ve flown an aircraft, the mini-helicopter Ingenuity, on another planet. Opens-source software backed up its engineering. A small miracle happened at 3:31am ET on Monday morning. Ingenuity, a tiny NASA helicopter, became the first powered aircraft to fly on another planet, Mars. This engineering feat was done with Linux, open-source software, and a NASA-built program based on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) open-source  (pronounced F prime) framework.

At 11-light minutes from Earth, there was nothing easy about this. True, Mars has only a third of Earth’s gravity, but Mars’ atmosphere has only one-hundredth of the density of Earth’s air.

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Article: Github Announces Open Source Grants For Indian Developers; Will Offer A Total Sum Of Rs 1 Crore

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Github Announces Open Source Grants For Indian Developers; Will Offer A Total Sum Of Rs 1 Crore

GitHub, has announced an Open Source Grants for Indian developers, where it will offer a total sum of Rs 1 crore to select developers. The program will support and fund open source maintainers and contributors in their work. Github will have a jury of three, including Amit Ranjan, who is currently Architect for the Digital Locker & OpenForge at the government of India, to select the best projects. Github, which is the world’s largest open source developer community platform, had set up an official entity in India last year.

“We had over 1.8 million developers who joined GitHub in India just over the past year, which brings the total to 5.8 million developers on the platform. When we extrapolate that forward, we’re hoping by our third anniversary of operating in dia, which is in February 2023, we will have more than 10 million developers on the platform from India,” Erica Brescia, Chief Operating Officer at GitHub told indianexpress.com.

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Article: SoftIron Launches New VAR Program for Data Center Services

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SoftIron Launches New VAR Program for Data Center Services

SoftIron, the data center services provider, just launched its inaugural VAR program, SoftIron + Co. The new program aims to build a community of profitable, successful channel partners to help SoftIron’s get more market share. Partners can differentiate themselves by expanding their access to SoftIron’s fully integrated, open source-based data center solutions and services.

Partners and customers know SoftIron for its HyperDrive software-defined storage portfolio. This includes appliances that are task-specific. That means they are hardware-optimized around their open source cores, such as Ceph.

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Article: IonQ integrates platform with Qiskit quantum computing open source SDK

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IonQ integrates platform with Qiskit quantum computing open source SDK

The move comes as quantum computing vendors are racing to leverage Qiskit to build out the software ecosystem. IonQ said that it will integrate its quantum computing platform with Qiskit, an open-source quantum computing software developer kit.

The move comes as IBM has backed Qiskit as the quantum computing programming standard. Specifically, IonQ’s integration will make its 11-qubit system available to more than 275,000 users of Qiskit.

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Article: NASA’s next lunar rover will run open-source software

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NASA’s next lunar rover will run open-source software

In 2023, NASA will launch VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover), which that will trek across the surface of the moon and hunt for water ice that could one day be used to make rocket fuel. The rover will be armed with the best instruments and tools that NASA can come up with: wheels that can spin properly on lunar soil, a drill that’s able to dig into extraterrestrial geology, hardware that can survive 14 days of a lunar night when temperatures sink to ˗173 °C.

But while much of VIPER is one of a kind, custom-made for the mission, much of the software that it’s running is open-source, meaning it’s available for use, modification, and distribution by anyone for any purpose. If it’s successful, the mission may be about more than just laying the groundwork for a future lunar colony—it may also be an inflection point that causes the space industry to think differently about how it develops and operates robots.

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Article: This Week in Programming: Microsoft Jumps Back into Java with OpenJDK Build Preview

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This Week in Programming: Microsoft Jumps Back into Java with OpenJDK Build Preview

Who’s ready to get down and party like it’s 1990-something again because Microsoft is taking the internet by storm this week with its scintillating preview of some Java-related tech!

No, no, no, the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (MJVM) hasn’t risen from the ashes to fight another day, and neither has Visual J++, nor J#. Worry not, dear developer, for all those Microsoft-made Java-esque implementations are buried deep under litigation long past. Rather, this week’s exciting news in the world of Java (aside from the Supreme Court ruling in Oracle v. Google — we touch on that below) is Microsoft’s release of a preview of the Microsoft Build of OpenJDK.

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Article: WhiteSource Scores $75M in White-Hot Open Source Security Market

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WhiteSource Scores $75M in White-Hot Open Source Security Market

Open source security startup WhiteSource raised $75 million in Series D funding that its CEO says will allow it to acquire other companies and expand its application security platform. Pitango Growth led the funding round with participation by existing investors M12, Susquehanna Growth Equity, and 83North. This latest investment brings WhiteSource’s total funding to $121.2 million.

The Series D follows three years of growth for the company, which has seen a five-fold increase in customers and 800% revenue growth during that time. “We’re just on the cusp of 1,000 paying customers,” WhiteSource CEO Rami Sass said.

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Article: Gitpod DevXConf ‘developer experience’: never mind UX, what about DevX?

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Gitpod DevXConf ‘developer experience’: never mind UX, what about DevX?

The company’s software is positioned as a software engineering platform to automate the provisioning of ready-to-code development environments. Alongside some financial updates, the GitPod has detailed what it calls a veritable ‘bevy’ of product features and the first-ever DevX Conf purely focused on improving the developer experience.

About time too eh? Well, to be fair, we do hear a whole lot about so-called User eXperience (UX) with its fancy lower-case upper-case nametag and acronym, so very arguably, we should be thinking about DevX first… otherwise, none of that UX will ever get delivered properly, if at all… right?

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Article: MacStadium offers free cloud-based Mac mini for open source developers

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MacStadium offers free cloud-based Mac mini for open source developers

Qualifying iOS and macOS developers can now remotely build software on a Mac mini, provided by MacStadium specifically to support the creation of open source apps.

Hosting company MacStadium has already helped developers move to Apple Silicon, such as the team behind macOS utility HomeBrew, and now it wants to extend that help to more people. Developers working on open source projects, and not funded by other companies, can apply to use MacStadium’s services for free.