SAFARI Live Seminar: Gennady Pekhimenko 5 August 2021

Join us for our next SAFARI Live Seminar with Gennady Pekhimenko.

Thursday, August 5 at 5:00 pm Zurich time (CEST)

Efficient DNN Training at Scale: from Algorithms to Hardware
Gennady Pekhimenko, University of Toronto

Livestream at 5:00 pm Zurich time (CEST) on YouTube:

Talk slides (pdf) (pptx)

The recent popularity of deep neural networks (DNNs) has generated a lot of research interest in performing DNN-related computation efficiently. However, the primary focus of systems research is usually quite narrow and limited to (i) inference — i.e. how to efficiently execute already trained models and (ii) image classification networks as the primary benchmark for evaluation. In this talk, we will demonstrate a holistic approach to DNN training acceleration and scalability starting from the algorithm, to software and hardware optimizations, to special development and optimization tools.

In the first part of the talk, I will show our radically new approach on how to efficiently scale backpropagation algorithms used in DNN training (BPPSA, MLSys’20). Then I will demonstrate a new approach on how to train multiple DNN models jointly on the same hardware (HFTA, MLSys’21). I will then demonstrate several approaches to deal with one of the major limiting factors in DNN training: limited GPU/accelerator memory capacity (Echo, ISCA’20 and Gist, ISCA’18). At the end, I will show the performance and visualization tools we built in my group to understand, visualize, and optimize DNN models, and even predict their performance on different hardware.

Gennady Pekhimenko is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, CS department and (by courtesy) ECE department, where he is leading the EcoSystem (Efficient Computing Systems) group. Gennady is also a Faculty Member at Vector Institute and a CIFAR AI chair. Before joining Univ. of Toronto, he spent a year in 2017 at Microsoft Research in Redmond in the Systems Research group. He got his PhD from the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University in 2016. Gennady is a recipient of Amazon Machine Learning Research Award, Facebook Faculty Research Award, Connaught New Researcher Award, NVIDIA Graduate, Microsoft Research, Qualcomm Innovation, and NSERC CGS-D Fellowships. His research interests are in the areas of systems, computer architecture, compilers, and applied machine learning.


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