Hello, I wanted to confess that I failed the first try at the Ph.D. program because I changed my job. Now in the next few months, I try to get back on track but again from the beginning. You may ask why you change such an amazing job you had? I will not answer this here. All I can say is that I do not want to answer. Now I am part of something I love, in a very nice team, smarter people than me… Btw, did you know that if you are the smartest person in the room… it is the wrong room :-). The Ph.D. program is important to me, especially in the AI/ML field I love. So I pick up one Linked-In contact and wrote to ask for help… similar to that strategy, that did not happen exactly this way, but the overall strategic move is true. So I asked one business owner can I join the project and was accepted. Like Steve Jobs advised…
Now in September, I will try again, my application is preparing, and then we gonna see what happens. But, you may also ask, what are the fruits of failure? I mention leave and new opening in my career. Also important is that I started my own company and focused on lessons learned in the first Ph.D. year of study. Thanks to technical university contacts, I was able to find customers interested in image recognition in the field I learn so far. I also build the OpenCL version of the Darknet to run on an industrial PC with Intel Core CPU with GPU. The first task I got was to anonymization the cars on the JPG frames, stored for the record, by blur the front windows of the cars and car plates, It was a very nice experience, and my own model was able on i5 CPU to run 10 FPS thanks to OpenCL version.
Another fruit of my failed Ph.D. program was to prepare the first pre-print publication, which you can find on the Ph.D. tab on this blog. For example, I was really impressed that the words “Darknet OpenCL macOS” put my Ph.D. mentor on top and me in the Google web search engine. With quite many popular links to the work we did. So far darknet on the github got 130 stars and few forks. Also, I am delighted I got 2 pull requests and 2 more contributions to this project.
In the end, I would like to write that I believe one day AMD GPUs beats on OpenCL the… competitions in the field :D. Right now, their top GPUs do not run “thanks to” wrong drivers on GNU/Linux and on the best cloud providers… I tried Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure on VMs with GPUs. So, in the queue, AMD GPUs, Instinct, Radeon Pro, Radeon, Navi 20, in theory, works but only in theory, on Ubuntu. The only hope is on macOS that supports AMD cards beautifully ;-). I wish one day someone figured out that macOS as a Unix via SSH server is the best for AI/ML solution :D.