Containers + GPUs In Depth


What happens when you have a bunch of data scientists, a bunch of new and old projects, a big grab-bag of runtime environments, and you need to get all those humans and all that code access to GPUs? Come see how the MLOps team at Mailchimp wrestled first with connecting abstract containerized processes to very-not-abstract hardware, then scaled that process across tons of humans and projects.

This talk includes a highly technical walkthrough of the lower level system libraries involved in GPU computing. It covers each layer between a Data Scientist's ML application in a container and the GPU that backs it. It's everything you need to know to wrangle Docker, Nvidia, Kubernetes, PyTorch, Tensorflow, and other friends into the same spot.

Although the technical deep dive is the bulk of this talk, all good MLOps and ML Eng folks know that wrangling the tech is only half the battle and the human factors can be the trickiest part. MLOps is a highly technical field that is all about people; if our Data Scientists can't use it, nothing else matters.

3 Key Takeaways:

- An overview of the call stack from container, orchestration framework, OS, and all the way down to real GPU hardware
- How ML Eng at Mailchimp provides GPU-compatible dev environments for many different projects and data scientists
- An experienced take on how to balance data scientist’s human needs against heavy system optimization (spoiler alert: favor the humans)


Emily is a Staff MLOps Engineer at Intuit Mailchimp, meaning she gets paid to say "it depends" and "well actually." Professionally she leads a crazy good team focused on helping Data Scientists do higher quality work faster and more intuitively. Non-professionally she paints huge landscapes and hurricanes in oils, crushes sweet V1s (as long as they're not too crimpy), rides her bike, reads a lot, and bothers her cats. She lives in Atlanta, GA, which is inarguably the best city in the world, with her husband Ryan who's a pretty darn cool guy.

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