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Machine learning and artificial intelligence are dramatically changing the way businesses operate and people live. The TWIML AI Podcast brings the top minds and ideas from the world of ML and AI to a broad and influential community of ML/AI researchers, data scientists, engineers and tech-savvy business and IT leaders.

Hosted by Sam Charrington, a sought after industry analyst, speaker, commentator and thought leader.

May 31, 2018

On today’s show I chat with Song Han, assistant professor in MIT’s EECS department, about his research on Deep Gradient Compression. In our conversation, we explore the challenge of distributed training for deep neural networks and the idea of compressing the gradient exchange to allow it to be done more efficiently. Song details the evolution of distributed training systems based on this idea, and provides a few examples of centralized and decentralized distributed training architectures such as Uber’s Horovod, as well as the approaches native to Pytorch and Tensorflow. Song also addresses potential issues that arise when considering distributed training, such as loss of accuracy and generalizability, and much more. The notes for this show can be found at