Physics and Astronomy Colloquium - Dr. Kevin Pedro, Fermilab

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Date: November 5, 2020
Time: 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: on Zoom
Category: Lecture

Title: Coprocessors as a service to accelerate machine learning inference for particle physics

Abstract: New heterogeneous computing paradigms on dedicated hardware with increased parallelization offer exciting solutions with large potential gains. The growing applications of machine learning algorithms in particle physics for simulation, reconstruction, and analysis are naturally deployed on such platforms. The acceleration of machine learning inference as a web service represents a heterogeneous computing solution for particle physics experiments that requires minimal modification to the current computing model. Coprocessors deployed as an edge or cloud service for the particle physics computing model can have a higher duty cycle and are potentially much more cost-effective. Initial results with Microsoft Brainwave FPGAs and Nvidia GPUs show more than an order of magnitude reduction in inference latency and high throughput. The demonstrated performance is suitable to address the computing challenges faced by both energy frontier and intensity frontier experiments, including the HL-LHC detectors and DUNE.
B.S. Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Daya Bay, CLIC, CMS, ATLAS)
Ph.D. Physics from University of Maryland (CMS)
Postdoc at Fermilab (CMS)
(now) Associate Scientist in Scientific Computing Division at Fermilab
Member of CMS collaboration; informally doing some computing work for DUNE
Interests: dark matter from hidden sectors (semi-visible jets, emerging jets, soft unclustered energy patterns), software and computing, detector simulation, machine learning


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