Two years ago, the New York-based startup Hugging Face burst onto the natural language processing scene with a way to let many more parties participate in state-of-the art deep learning. Transformers, a programming kit to quickly grab any of a number of natural language neural networks, including Google’s BERT, was posted as a library to be invoked from the dominant programming frameworks, PyTorch and TensorFlow.
It has grown and grown in popularity. More than 5,000 organizations are now using the library, the company says. The popularity of that toolkit has been recognized by Amazon AWS, the world’s biggest clouding computing provider, and the two companies Tuesday announced a partnership to combine Transformers with the best aspects of Amazon AWS’s programming tools.