Microsoft and Tiktok parent ByteDance collaborate on AI project

Kevin Okemwa


According to a report by CNBC, Microsoft and ByteDance have come together to work on an AI project dubbed KubeRay, which is designed to help organizations manage and run AI apps more efficiently and effectively.

Both Ali Kanso, who serves as Microsoft’s principal software engineer and Jiaxin Shan, a software engineer at ByteDance were in attendance at the Ray Summit held earlier week where they talked about the project and what it actually is. They also made in-depth explanations highlighting the progress that they have made thus far with interested parties when it comes to creating large applications using Ray, an open-source software that assists in running AI apps on multiple devices.

“Jiaxin and I have been working for like a year on an open source project and this is the beauty of a community gathering like this,” said Kanso, who has a Ph.D. in computer science. “We’re not in the same company, but we meet every week, we collaborate every week.”

Back in 2020, Microsoft attempted to acquire Tiktok but later on retracted its bid to purchase the social media platform with rumors alluding that ByteDance was not willing to sell the algorithm behind the video sharing as part of the bid American-based companies were negotiating. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how this partnership pans out, and what the future looks like as far as the KubeRay project is concerned.