CS Professor Frank Wood's Paper Etalumis Nominated for Best Paper Finalist at Supercomputing 2019

The paper Etalumis: Bringing Probabilistic Programming to Scientific Simulators is a best paper finalist at Supercomputing 2019, which will take place Nov 17-22, 2019 in Denver. Prof. Frank Wood of UBC Computer Science is the senior author and his former postdoc at Oxford Güneş Baydin is the first author.

Etalumis: Bringing Probabilistic Programming to Scientific Simulators at Scale
Atılım Güneş Baydin, Lei Shao, Wahid Bhimji, Lukas Heinrich, Lawrence Meadows, Jialin Liu, Andreas Munk, Saeid Naderiparizi, Bradley Gram-Hansen, Gilles Louppe, Mingfei Ma, Xiaohui Zhao, Philip Torr, Victor Lee, Kyle Cranmer, Prabhat, Frank Wood. Proc. Supercomputing 2019.

This work constitutes the largest-scale deployment of probablistic programming to date, in collaboration with Intel and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. Their probablistic programming system PyProb is used to control multi-million line C++ Large Hadron Collider codebase, to do science in a novel way. The experiments in this paper were run at NERSC, using 32K cores on one of the largest supercomputers in the world.

Professor Wood's PLAI Lab is an Intel Parallel Computing Center, as part of the NERSC Big Data Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.