Helping Consultants Apply Modern Methods To Industrial Problems
Willows.ai is a Montreal-based team that comprises machine learning, AI, and software experts who develop and deliver full-stack AI solutions for the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing has become a proving ground for leveraging the benefits of machine learning, where companies use technology to optimize visual systems to monitor and increase safety, track progress and provide real-time status updates, and reduce common process-driven waste. With expertise in computer vision and building robust, explainable machine learning solutions, Willows.ai helps manufacturers apply the latest research to their business problems.
Prior to discovering Grid, the Willows.ai team managed a complex system to compare and analyze the results of their machine learning operations. This complexity often led to duplication of work and ballooning computational costs.
Willows knew that if they wanted to scale, they needed to avoid wasting precious time worrying about cloud infrastructure. They wanted a platform that freed up resource time and delivered results faster for both them and their clients.
The Willows team discovered Grid.ai through the open source PyTorch Lightning community. The Grid platform, developed by the same team behind PyTorch Lightning, provided Willows with the capabilities they needed to manage scalable ML workflows. “We were able to solve our need to deliver more value by providing massive scale training to our clients,” explained Dr. Andrew Marble. It is extremely valuable for us to manage and see all the experiments that we create within a single dashboard view.” The Grid platform provides a unified view for managing run metrics, logs, and artifacts.
What Willows loved most about Grid is its Hyperparameter Optimization functionality that enabled them to scale variations of their models in parallel without needing to change their code or take on external dependencies.
“Being able to parameterize and add parameters to your model is where the real value [for Willows] is at. Grid’s Hyperparameter Sweeps are the most interesting feature to me”, Dr. Andrew Marble, Principal, Willows.ai.
Grid’s ability to manage interruptible compute such as spot instances through the click of a button reduced training costs for Willow.ai. Receiving real-time estimates before, during, and after, running experiments with Grid provided Willows with the transparency it needed to manage costs.
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Get to know more about Willows.ai, and connect with Dr. Andrew Marble via email at firstname.lastname@example.org