Matrix diagonalization is at the cornerstone of numerous fields of scientific computing. Diagonalizing a matrix to solve an eigenvalue problem requires a sequential path of iterations that eventually reaches a sufficiently converged and accurate solution for all the eigenvalues and eigenvectors. This typically translates into a high computational cost. Here we demonstrate how reinforcement learning, using the AlphaZero framework, can accelerate Jacobi matrix diagonalizations by viewing the selection of the fastest path to solution as a board game. To demonstrate the viability of our approach we apply the Jacobi diagonalization algorithm to symmetric Hamiltonian matrices that appear in quantum chemistry calculations. We find that a significant acceleration can often be achieved. Our findings highlight the opportunity to use machine learning as a promising tool to improve the performance of numerical linear algebra.
This report describes eighteen projects that explored how commercial cloud computing services can be utilized for scientific computation at national laboratories. These demonstrations ranged from deploying proprietary software in a cloud environment to leveraging established cloud-based analytics workflows for processing scientific datasets. By and large, the projects were successful and collectively they suggest that cloud computing can be a valuable computational resource for scientific computation at national laboratories.