Review: MXNet deep learning shines with Gluon

When I reviewed MXNet v0.7 in 2016, I felt that it was a promising deep learning framework with excellent scalability (nearly linear on GPU clusters), good auto-differentiation, and state-of-the-art support for CUDA GPUs. I also felt that it needed work on its documentation and tutorials, and needed a lot more examples in its model zoo. In addition, I would have liked to see a high-level interface for MXNet, which I imagined would be Keras.

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Since then, there has been quite a bit of progress. MXNet moved under the Apache Software Foundation umbrella early in 2017, and although it’s still “incubating” at version 1.3, it feels fairly well fleshed out.

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