High Performance, Big Data, Deep Learning at Scale

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I’m not sure the title really nailed it well enough, but we are going to talk about solving VERY big problems as fast as we possibly can using highly sophisticated techniques.  This blog article is really a high level overview of what you want to set up as opposed necessarily to the usual how to set it up.  There are a ton of steps to the actual how to; I thought it best to just provide an overview in this article to what you want to do instead of how to do it.

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Saving those Magic Ubuntu Environment Variables

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This one is more for me than for you.  I often find a piece of software that needs just some magic environment variable set with some magic path that never seems to get properly configured during installation.  Below is an example of how to get that path set, and then ensure it is always set when you log on to the server from then on out.

# These instructions are for bash
$ echo $SHELL
/bin/bash

# Check the current value of your envvar
$ echo $CAFFE_ROOT

# Add the envvar to ~/.profile so it will load automatically when you login
$ echo "export CAFFE_ROOT=/home/username/caffe/" >> ~/.profile

# Load the new configuration
$ source ~/.profile

# Check the new envvar value
$ echo $CAFFE_ROOT
/home/username/caffe/

Dealing with Pesky Image Names in Cocos

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If you are not familiar with Microsoft CoCos, you should be.  Its a treasure trove of data for your learning pleasure!  There just happens to be one pesky problem with it, and that is the fact that when attempting to find the files for training/testing; the Annotation file that ships with MS CoCo does not include the actual file name, but rather the image id.  This sounds fine, except the data when you download it has a bunch of trailing stuff!  In this article we will go through how to get it ready.

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Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit + VS Code = Awesome

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In this article I’m going to go through how to set up CNTK with Visual Studio Code and take advantage of those PASCAL GPUs I know everybody has these days.  I will also do a breif overview of what CNTK and Visual Studio Code are and why they are so incredible for machine learning scientists.

CNTKIntellisense

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Operationalize Deep Learning with Azure ML

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So today we are going to do something really awesome.  Operationalize Keras with Azure Machine Learning.  Why in the world would we want to do this?  Well we can configure Deep Neural Nets and train them on GPU.  In fact, in this article, we will train a 2 depth neural network which outputs a linear prediction of energy efficiency of buildings and then operationalize that GPU trained network on Azure Machine Learning for production API usage.

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Linking CuDNN

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This is quick and dirty post, because I run into this problem all the time and need a place to find the answer quickly.

Here is what happens:

ImportError: libcudart.so.8.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Here is the answer:

drcrook@BigBen:/usr/local/cuda$ sudo cp include/cudnn.h /usr/include
drcrook@BigBen:/usr/local/cuda$ sudo cp lib64/libcudnn* /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
drcrook@BigBen:/usr/local/cuda$ sudo chmod a+r /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcudnn*

If you are struggling getting your GPU initialized with Theano, Tensorflow or really any deep learning framework, this is probably something you may want to do.

Operationalizing SKLearn with Azure Machine Learning

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So I just completed an incredible project with Brain Thermal Tunnel Genix, where I learned so much about pattern recognition, machine learning and taking research and algorithms and pushing those into a production environment where it can be integrated into a real product.  Today’s article takes those lessons and provides a sample on how to perform complex modelling and operationalize it in the cloud.  The accompanying Gallery Example can be found here.

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Arduino + Reinforcement Learning = Autonomous Robot

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So there are a ton of articles out there on the theory of Reinforcement Learning, but very few with an actual application.  I watched a few lectures from Berkley, and read a few articles by NVidia and thought, “Well, lets just give this a shot”.  8 hours later, this is what I had.

Herby_V1

Herby V1 simply learns to go forward as much as possible while avoiding obstacles.

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Functional Coding in Python – The right way

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So I’ve been on a bender with this Python thing not having proper functional piping.  I just can’t beleive it was not built in.  Every language should have this.  It cleans up your code so much its unbeleive-able.  Fear not however, I have built one for Python :D.  Now I just need to figure out how to create pip packages.  Anyways, lets just do a quick walk through on what it is, how it works etc.

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