August 30, 2018
Last week, we at Determined AI were honored to sponsor a meetup of the Women in Infrastructure group focused on ML infrastructure. The event featured three fantastic speakers from Yelp, Microsoft, and Twitter.
Rita Zhang, a software engineer on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Native Compute team, walked us through a demo using GPU-enabled Kubernetes clusters on Azure to train deep learning models.
Lydian Lee, lead infrastructure engineer for Yelp’s Spam and Abuse detection team, discussed Yelp’s model development framework, which enforces production-quality code at each step of the pipeline to avoid costly bugs at deployment.
Cibele Montez Halasz, who works on Twitter Cortex, the company’s machine learning platform, described the company’s move from Lua Torch to Tensorflow, and the resulting challenges and benefits of this transition.
Like many ML leaders I have interviewed over the last few months, the speakers described issues their teams encountered around versioning models, running hyperparameter searches, reproducing prior work, managing datasets, and visualizing results. They then described a few of the solutions they have developed to address these problems. For example:
Besides the fantastic learnings from the evening, I personally loved the opportunity to hang out with such a talented group of female software engineers. I’ve become somewhat used to regularly being the only woman in the room, so it’s refreshing to see the balance flipped. For me, just reminding myself that I’m not actually the only one out there, and moreover that there is some incredible work being done by my female colleagues, is both encouraging and motivating.
I’m proud of my company for supporting this event, not only financially but also with their time by turning out in full force. It shows that fostering diversity is a priority for the entire group and that we’re working hard to create a culture where everyone feels at home.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to my event co-organizer, Vicki Cheung, as well as all three of our speakers. If you’d like to read more about their work, I’ve included some links below:
Keep an eye on the Women In Infrastructure meetup page for announcements about upcoming events!