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Seminar | Mathematics and Computer Science Division

Asynchronous Distributed Bayesian Optimization at HPC Scale

LANS Seminar

Abstract: Bayesian optimization (BO) is a widely used approach for computationally expensive black-box optimization such as simulator calibration and hyperparameter optimization of deep learning methods. In BO, a dynamically updated computationally cheap surrogate model is employed to learn the input-output relationship of the black-box function; this surrogate model is used to explore and exploit the promising regions of the input space. Multipoint BO methods adopt a single manager/multiple workers strategy to achieve high-quality solutions in shorter time. However, the computational overhead in multipoint generation schemes is a major bottleneck in designing BO methods that can scale to thousands of workers. We present an asynchronous-distributed BO (ADBO) method wherein each worker runs a search and asynchronously communicates the input-output values of black-box evaluations from all other workers without the manager. We scale our method up to 1,024 GPUs and demonstrate improvement in the quality of the solution and faster convergence. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach for tuning the hyperparameters of neural networks from the Exascale computing project CANDLE benchmarks. We release this method as part of the DeepHyper Python package for automated machine learning.