For Muhammad Abdul-Mageed, Assistant Professor, School of Information and Department of Linguistics, Sockeye has been a dream come true. As a member of the original UBC Digital Research and Compute Infrastructure committee, he has championed investment into digital research infrastructure, resulting in a high-performance computing platform with nearly 16,000 CPU cores and 200 GPUs, available to UBC researchers across all disciplines.
Dr. Abdul-Mageed’s research involves large volumes of simulations to train language models in deep learning and natural language socio-pragmatics. “Very big models like ours take a lot of time to train. Sockeye helped us model faster and get results in shorter periods of time – weeks rather than months,” he explains.
Dr. Abdul-Mageed is thankful for the access that Sockeye has provided. “Some of the work we’ve been able to do wouldn’t even be possible, without access to Sockeye. I hope UBC continues to invest in more digital research infrastructure.”
Please visit the ARC website to learn more about Dr. Abdul-Mageed’s research.
UBC is enhancing digital research infrastructure in many areas of scholarship, with Advanced Research Computing a priority for the university, through the UBC Strategic Plan Strategy 7: Research Support.