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IEEE AI Model Representation, Compression, Distribution and Management Working Group Officially Established

Date: 2020-10-08 Source:

The AI Model Representation, Compression, Distribution and Management (C/DC/AIM) Working Group, with its main founding members from PCL, Peking University, Baidu and other top universities, scientific research institutions, and technology enterprises in China, has recently passed the review of the IEEE New Standards Committee (IEEE NesCom), and officially became one of the working groups under the IEEE Data Compression Standard Committee (IEEE C/DC).

The IEEE C/DC/AIM plans to introduce a series of standards to define AI development interfaces, AI model interoperable representations, coding formats, and model encapsulated formats for efficient AI model inference, storage, distribution, and management. The IEEE C/DC/AIM will combine part of the work in the series of China’s national standards of “Artificial intelligence—Neural Network Representation and Model Compression” to carry out in-depth studies and provide an effective toolset for the inference, compression, decompression, coding and packaging of AI models. This work aims at breaking the barriers of AI models between different computing architectures and algorithmic frameworks, while achieving the goal of reducing storage costs and protecting business-sensitive information. This series of standards not only can be widely used in client computing and cloud computing scenarios, but also can be adopted for research, development, testing, evaluation, and application of neural network models in a wide range of AI applications including AI education, AI healthcare, and smart cities.

The IEEE C/DC/AIM adopts individual membership and is open to global researchers, with an objective to bring together experts in the field of artificial intelligence and information technology from across the world to jointly conduct research, extensively collect and understand the needs of the industry, and carry out more effective and useful research on international standards.

The establishment of IEEE C/DC/AIM marks another important step forward taken by PCL to actively engage in the international standards activities and embrace more potential opportunities for international cooperation.

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