LSH Seminar Anton Bouter

Large-Scale Parallelization of Partial Evaluations in Evolutionary Algorithms for Real-World Problems
  • What Life Sciences English Seminars
  • When 22-05-2018 from 16:00 to 17:00 (Europe/Amsterdam / UTC200)
  • Where L016
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Title: Large-Scale Parallelization of Partial Evaluations in Evolutionary Algorithms for Real-World Problems

Abstract:
The importance and potential of Gray-Box Optimization (GBO) with evolutionary algorithms is becoming increasingly clear lately, both for benchmark and real-world problems. We show that the efficiency of GBO can be greatly improved through large-scale parallelism, exploiting the fact that each evaluation function requires the calculation of a number of independent sub-functions. This is especially interesting for real-world problems where often the majority of the computational effort is spent on the evaluation function. Moreover, we show how the best parallelization technique largely depends on factors including the number of sub-functions and their required computation time, revealing that for different parts of the optimization the best parallelization technique should be selected based on these factors. As an illustration, we show how large-scale parallelization can be applied to optimization of high-dose-rate brachytherapy treatment plans for prostate cancer.