Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the PyTorch framework project will transition to a newly launched PyTorch Foundation, which will be part of the nonprofit Linux Foundation, a technology association dedicated to the collaborative development of open-source software.
Since 2016, when Meta partnered with the AI community to create the PyTorch framework for AI research, open collaboration has been essential to its development. With thousands of contributors who have built more than 150,000 projects on it, PyTorch has become a platform for research and production across the AI community.
Meta states that the creation of the PyTorch Foundation ensures that decisions will be made in a transparent and open manner by a diverse group of board members for several years to come. The governing body will be composed of representatives from AMD, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Meta, Microsoft Azure, and Nvidia, with the intention to expand further over time.
PyTorch was built with an open-source, community-first philosophy, and that won’t change with the transition to the Foundation. When researchers and developers open-source their code, others around the world can share their work, learn from each other’s advances and then contribute back to the AI community.
Going forward, the framework’s contributors will benefit from the governance, leadership, and additional investments provided by the new PyTorch Foundation partners. Meta will continue to invest in PyTorch and use it as the primary framework for AI research and production. The transition itself won’t mean any changes to PyTorch’s code, core project, or developer operating models.
Open science is at the core of the work in AI states meta, whether it’s releasing code for large language models, self-supervised computer vision systems, new datasets, embodied AI platforms, and much more. This approach intends to enable progress in building and deploying new systems that will address real-world needs and answer fundamental questions about the nature of intelligence.