November 6-8, 2017

Event Details

Brain in the cloud: Machine Learning On OpenStack Done Right!

Deep Neural Network (DNN), a subfield of Machine Learning with structure loosely inspired by the brain, allows us to solve complex problems such as image recognition that has been very difficult to solve using standard programming paradigms.

DNN concepts are not new. However, and until recently, applying them in practice could not be realized due to their high computational demands. With the recent development in parallel computing, especially around GPU acceleration and high speed and efficient networking, DNN has become a reality in modern data centers. 

In this talk we will describe the system requirements to effectively run a machine learning cluster with popular frameworks such as TensorFlow. We will discuss how such a system can be deployed in an OpenStack-based cloud without compromises, enjoying high-performance DNN programming paradigm as well as the benefits of cloud and software-defined data centers and show a case-study from Monash University

What can I expect to learn?

We will discuss key concept of Deep Learning, focus on distributed training and the technology needed to realize it in OpenStack cloud like GPU pass-through, SRIOV and RDMA.

Tuesday, November 7, 4:10pm-4:20pm
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Mellanox Technologies
Erez Cohen acts as Mellanox Vice President for CloudX and Machine Learning Programs, responsible for all aspects of the programs including architecture, implementation and marketing/sales. The CloudX and Machine Learning programs incorporate Mellanox state of the art network and storage interconnect product lines to form the most efficient and scalable cloud and Machine Learning... FULL PROFILE
Monash University
Blair has worked in distributed computing at Monash University for ten years, leading Monash's use of OpenStack in research computing for the last four. Team lead, infrastructure architect, admin, user, researcher and occasional hacker - Blair's unique (if slightly schizophrenic) perspective has helped guide the evolution of the research computing engine central to Monash's 21st Century... FULL PROFILE