IBM, the company behind the Watson supercomputer, has announced plans to release its first machine-learning software, called Watson, for the first time this year.
The software will be built by IBM Watson Labs, which is based in Silicon Valley, and will be made available as open-source software on GitHub.
Watson will run on Microsoft Azure, IBM said.
Watson is the brainchild of IBM Watson founders Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, who have been involved in a number of big data startups.
The supercomputer will run at 1,500 petaflops, or one trillion calculations per second, according to IBM, and it will be able to learn from human users, like the average consumer.
“Watson will be the ultimate supercomputer,” Zuckerberg said in a video posted to Facebook.
“It will be one of the most powerful machines ever built, capable of breaking human-level tasks like speech recognition, image recognition, machine learning and more.”
Watson is expected to run on both Windows, IBM’s open-sourced operating system, and Linux, a Linux-based operating system.
Microsoft Azure and Google’s cloud service are two of the main competitors to IBM Watson.
Google has built a supercomputer called Google Compute Engine, which runs on the Google cloud, and Google has announced a partnership with IBM to build Watson, as well.
“We’re excited about this collaboration,” IBM chief technology officer Bill Gurley said in an interview with Reuters.
“There are a lot of exciting technologies and technologies out there, and there’s a lot to learn.”
IBM is a partner with Microsoft Azure on Watson.
The IBM Watson software will run in the cloud, which means it can be accessed anywhere, even on servers in remote countries, and be used by developers to make apps and even to train artificial intelligence systems.
IBM Watson also is working with Google on an artificial intelligence framework that will enable Google’s artificial intelligence efforts.
In addition to the Watson software, IBM is also releasing a tool called Watson Learning that will make it easier for developers to use Watson and the existing AI tools, such as DeepMind’s DeepMind-Alpha and DeepMind AlphaGo, in their work.
IBM has also partnered with the Microsoft Azure cloud service to make Watson available on Microsoft’s Azure, which allows developers to create applications and data sets with Watson.
Watson, however, will not be available on IBM’s Open Compute Project (OCP), the open-access platform that is designed to speed up data processing and to speed the development of AI technologies.