🔱 Triton: GPU Programming for Deep Neural Networks

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📝 Editorial 

For decades, the software industry has evolved, removing the dependencies in hardware architectures. Developers don’t spend any cycles thinking about hardware infrastructures when they develop web apps or APIs. The rise of deep learning seems to have brought us all the way back. Optimizations for GPU architectures are a common state in the lifecycle of deep learning models. Data science teams are often puzzled by the differences that GPU topologies can induce in the execution of neural networks. Optimizing for data partitioning, memory allocation, computation distributions, and other aspects are typically beyond the skill set of most data scientists.  

The hardware dependencies in deep learning solutions are both a blessing and a curse. In some sense, these dependencies have unleashed a renaissance in AI hardware innovations. On the other hand, most machine learning teams struggle when it comes to GPU optimizations. This week, AI household OpenAI unveiled Triton, a new domain-specific language that abstracts the complexities of GPU optimizations. Triton removes many of the top challenges of GPU optimizations, such as memory coalescing, memory management, and computation scheduling. The core idea is that a machine learning engineer with no GPU experience can perform quite sophisticated optimizations without diving into the underpinning of the hardware. Triton represents one of the most exciting developments towards removing the GPU dependencies existing in deep learning systems today.

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Now, let’s review the most important developments in the AI industry this week

🔎 ML Research

Creating Generally Capable Agents by Playing 

DeepMind published a fascinating research paper detailing the models for deep learning agents that can master many different games without human intervention ->read more on DeepMind blog

Few-Shot NAS 

Facebook AI Research (FAIR) published a paper proposing a technique that combines few-shot-learning and neural architecture search (NAS) to automate the creation of neural networks with minimum computational cost ->read more on FAIR blog

AI and Common Sense 

Researchers from MIT and IBM published a paper proposing a benchmark to evaluate signs of common sense reasoning in neural networks ->read more in the original research paper


🛠 Real World ML

Data Movement Architecture at Netflix Studio 

The Netflix engineering team published a blog post detailing the architecture behind the ETL pipelines in Netflix Studio ->read more on Netflix technology blog

Containers and Hadoop at Uber 

The Uber engineering team published a blog post about their journey to transfer their Hadoop infrastructure to Docker containers ->read more on Uber engineering blog

Sentiment Models at Airbnb 

The Airbnb engineering team published a blog post detailing the use of sentiment models to assess customer service quality ->read more on Airbnb tech blog


🤖 Cool AI Tech Releases

OpenAI Triton 

OpenAI open-sourced Triton, a Python-like programming language that abstracts the complexities of GPU programming ->read more on OpenAI blog

Advancing TF-Ranking 

Google Research published a detailed blog post discussing recent advancements to the TF-Ranking framework for scalable ranking models ->read more on Google Research blog


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