Many companies, such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon are building new specialized programming frameworks. This is because these companies need to allow their users to write simple, high-level code and run it efficiently on different hardware architectures. For example, Google has built TensorFlow, a framework for deep learning allowing users to run deep learning on multiple hardware architectures without changing the code.
Our research team at NYUAD (New York University Abu Dhabi) in collaboration with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), Google, and Adobe, is developing a new programming framework called Tiramisu . Unlike existing frameworks, Tiramisu can perform advanced code optimizations that are hard to apply otherwise. Because of this, Tiramisu can generate fast code that outperforms highly optimized code written by expert programmers and can target different hardware architectures (multicore, GPUs, FPGAs, and distributed machines). Three projects related to Tiramisu are open to students.
Supporting Applications of Nuclear Physics in the Tiramisu Compiler
The third project is a collaboration between our research team at NYUAD and MIT with the nuclear physics department at MIT. Researchers in nuclear physics usually need to write simple mathematical formulas and simulate them to study the properties of matter. In particular, our collaborators want to be able to write tensor operations (a tensor is a multidimensional matrix) using the Tiramisu language and then target GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). While these researchers can write their code in C, their expertise in optimizing code is limited. In a proof-of-concept project, we have implemented a tensor operation in Tiramisu and compared the performance of our implementation with the equivalent C implementation written by those researchers and the Tiramisu implementation was 200 times faster.
Currently, Tiramisu has limited support to target GPUs for tensor operations. The goal of this project is to solve this problem. The work will include improving the current GPU backend and adding support for certain patterns of computations. The project will also include an implementation of some nuclear physics applications to validate the work.
The selected students will work on cutting edge projects with a very high practical impact on the areas of deep learning and nuclear physics (we are integrating Tiramisu in PyTorch, and in the USQCD frameworks, therefore, all future users of these frameworks will benefit from your contribution).
The selected students will spend 3 months at NYUAD in Abu Dhabi and will receive a monthly salary of 2900$. Travel and VISA expenses will also be paid by NYUAD. The students will participate in writing papers and submit them to the best conferences in the field (NIPS, PLDI, ISCA, ...). The projects will include close collaboration with researchers from MIT and Harvard. Regular Skype calls will be organized with MIT and Harvard researchers.
To apply, please send your CV and transcripts (with ranking) for the last two years and indicate when you'll be able to start. Being able to start as early as possible (after finishing your classes) is a plus. Please indicate which projects are interesting to you (it is Ok to express interest in all of them). Please also indicate any relevant technical skills that you have. Do not hesitate to ask questions by email: email@example.com
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