NVIDIA DGX-2 and Swiss Cheese
2022-10-30: Update 11/75 - NVIDIA DGX-2 and Swiss Cheese
Oct 30, 2022
Such a cheesy title! The reason for the title is: The thermal discharge of our chair’s DGX-2 (explanation below) helps heat a Swiss cheese factory (no joke).
I can thus proudly proclaim to be a contributor to Swiss cheesemaking. This week, parts of my code ran on our DGX-2 for the first time.
We had a spontaneous idea for a paper and ran experiments for this idea on the DGX-2. As mentioned in earlier updates, we are planning to create a dataset. The experiments we ran last week examine how existing AI benchmarks perform with less training data. With these experiments, we want to determine which minimum training size we need when creating our own dataset.
Here is the explanation of what a DGX-2 is: A DGX-2 is a hardware system by graphics processing unit (GPU) manufacturer NVIDIA. It contains 16 NVIDIA V100 GPUs, which are individually already strong GPUs. DGX-2 is specifically designed for artificial intelligence research.
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We ran scaling experiments to see how question answering systems perform with different training data sizes. We have set up our experimental structure and the code, and now we need to expand the experiments to additional datasets and models.
What Were the Biggest Obstacles?
We changed the path in an unforeseen direction. I started the week without a clear goal in mind, and is now running experiments on dataset scaling was a shot in the dark. We will see if this turns out to be a good path.
Which Goals Did I Meet?
No goals were set, so no goals can be met.
Which Goals Did I Miss?
I leave this goal here as we are still not 100% sure:
Decide on whether to prepare a dataset ourselves or take an existing dataset.
Was It a Good Week?
Yes, at least I was productive. The chosen path was spontaneous, and the work might have been wasted. Let’s see what our experiments will yield.
Short-Term Tasks for The Coming Week
Expanding the experiments to additional models.
Optional: Expanding the experiments to additional question answering datasets.
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Read More From the 75 Steps Toward a Ph.D. in NLP Series
2022-08-20: Update 1/75 - Kicking Off the Journey Toward a Ph.D. in NLP
2022-08-28: Update 2/75 - Literature Review
2022-09-04: Update 3/75 - Back on Track and Back to Vallendar
2022-09-10: Update 4/75 - Long Test Runtime; Retriever Works
2022-09-18: Update 5/75 - Jour Fixe Joy
2022-09-26: Update 6/75 - Reading Group
2022-10-02: Update 7/75 - Leaving the Phone at Home
2022-10-09: Update 8/75 - Finding a Conference
2022-10-16: Update 9/75 - Dataset - Make or Take