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  • Seminar will be exclusively online (no in-room presentation) - CS Colloquium: Zhihao Jia (Stanford University) - Automated Discovery of Machine Learning Optimizations

    Thu, Mar 26, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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    Speaker: Zhihao Jia, Stanford University

    Talk Title: Automated Discovery of Machine Learning Optimizations

    Series: CS Colloquium

    Abstract: As an increasingly important workload, machine learning (ML) applications require different performance optimization techniques from traditional runtimes and compilers. In particular, to accelerate ML applications, it is generally necessary to perform ML computations on heterogeneous hardware and parallelize computations using multiple data dimensions, neither of which is even expressible in traditional compilers and runtimes. In this talk, I will describe my work on automated discovery of performance optimizations to accelerate ML computations.

    TASO, the Tensor Algebra SuperOptimizer, optimizes the computation graphs of deep neural networks (DNNs) by automatically generating potential graph optimizations and formally verifying their correctness. TASO outperforms rule-based graph optimizers in existing ML systems (e.g., TensorFlow, TensorRT, and TVM) by up to 3x by automatically discovering novel graph optimizations, while also requiring significantly less human effort.

    FlexFlow is a system for accelerating distributed DNN training. FlexFlow identifies parallelization dimensions not considered in existing ML systems (e.g., TensorFlow and PyTorch) and automatically discovers fast parallelization strategies for a specific parallel machine. Companies and national labs are using FlexFlow to train production ML models that do not scale well in current ML systems, achieving over 10x performance improvement.

    I will also outline future research directions for further automating ML systems, such as codesigning ML models, software systems, and hardware backends for end-to-end ML deployment.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.


    Biography: Zhihao Jia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science department at Stanford University working with Alex Aiken and Matei Zaharia. His research interests lie in the intersection of computer systems and machine learning, with a focus on building efficient, scalable, and high-performance systems for ML computations.

    Host: Leana Golubchik

    Location: Seminar will be exclusively online (no in-room presentation)

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Assistant to CS chair

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