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Fondant 0.6 brings Vertex AI support and more

Hi all, we released Fondant 0.6, which brings some major new features and improvements:

🌀 Vertex AI is now supported as a backend for pipeline execution.

Simply run fondant run vertex to submit your pipeline. Run fondant run vertex --help to see the possible configuration options.

25 million Creative Commons image dataset released

Fondant is an open-source project that aims to simplify and speed up large-scale data processing by making containerized components reusable across pipelines & execution environments, shared within the community.

A current challenge for generative AI is compliance with copyright laws. For this reason, Fondant has developed a data-processing pipeline to create a 500-million dataset of Creative Commons images to train a latent diffusion image generation model that respects copyright. Today, as a first step, we are releasing a 25-million sample dataset and invite the open source community to collaborate on further refinement steps.