As machine learning (ML) research heats up at LLNL, a team of computer scientists from the Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC) is leading the way. Pictured here are Harsh Bhatia, Shusen Liu, Bhavya Kailkhura, Peer-Timo Bremer (also a member of the DSI Council), Jayaraman Thiagarajan, Rushil Anirudh, and Hyojin Kim. Their research was recently featured in LLNL’s magazine, Science & Technology Review. As the cover story, “Machine Learning on a Mission,” explains, ML has important implications for scientific data analysis and for the Lab’s national security missions. This CASC team takes a bidirectional approach to ML, both advancing underlying theory and solving real-world problems—an effort that includes scaling algorithms for supercomputers and developing ways to analyze different types and varying volumes of data. Bremer states, “Commercial companies don’t solve scientific problems, just as national labs don’t optimize selections of movie reviews. So we build on commercial tools to create the techniques we need to analyze data from experiments, simulations, and other sources.”
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