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Computational Imaging Lunch: Building the Cloud Button

Title: Building the Cloud Button
Speakers: Eric Jonas

Description: In comp imaging lunch last term, Professor Ren Ng asked "why is there no cloud button?" We realized, listening to Ren, that indeed #theCloudIsTooDamnHard. Fortunately, recent technologies developed for web services and internet startups can be repurposed to enable a much lower-friction cloud experience. Our goal is making the power, elasticity, and dynamism of commercial cloud services like Amazon's EC2 accessible to busy applied physicists and EEs, as well as  a compelling new capability over matlab, hopefully encouraging migration. We built PyWren, a transparent distributed execution engine on top of AWS Lambda, which hopefully simplifies many scale-out use cases for computational imaging. We will demo applications built on our framework and seek user input into next directions. 

Joint work with Shivaram Venkataraman, Ion Stoica, and Ben Recht. 

Speaker Bio: Eric Jonas is an exhausted postdoc working in EECS with Ben Recht on machine learning and computational acquisition and clever hashtags.