Bilge Acun

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Bilge Acun is a Research Scientist at Facebook AI Infrastructure. She is working on end-to-end performance optimization of distributed machine learning applications, i.e. from computer vision, speech recognition, personalization, with Pytorch and Caffe2 on large-scale data-centers with GPUs.

She received her Ph.D. degree at the Department of Computer Science at Universtiy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advised by Professor Laxmikant V. Kale. Before joining Facebook, she worked at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center as a Research Staff Member.

Her research interests include Parallel and Distributed Computing, Systems for Machine Learning, Energy Efficient Computing, High Performance Computing (HPC), Smart Runtime Systems.


  • Nov 5 '19: Speaker at Women in Tech Recruitment Session for Facebook at UIUC.
  • Oct 23 '19: Present "Fine-Grained Energy Efficiency Using Per-Core DVFS with an Adaptive Runtime System" paper in IGSC'19, Alexandria, VA
  • Feb 20 '19: Present "Power Aware Heterogeneous Node Assembly" paper at HPCA'19, Washington D.C.

Honors and Awards

Travel Grants

Patent and Publications


  1. Learning-based Thermal Estimation in Multicore Architectures

    E. K. Lee, B. Acun, Y. Park, P. W. Coteus

    US Patent Application No: 16/116,289.

  2. Variation-Aware Intra-Node Power Shifting Among Different Hardware Components

    E. K. Lee, B. Acun, Y. Park, A. Morari, A. Buyuktosunoglu

    US Patent Application No: 16/127,958.

  3. Multi-Component Power-Aware Job Scheduling Based on Node and Application Characteristics

    B. Acun, E. K. Lee, Y. Park

    US Patent Application No: 15/827,208.

  4. Power Efficiency Aware Node Component Assembly

    B. Acun, E. K. Lee, Y. Park

    US Patent Application No: 15/658,494.

  5. Systems and Methods for Computer Input

    B. Acun, E. Candan

    US Patent Application No: 15/252,163.

Publications: * 274 citations * 1 book chapter * 2 journal papers * 7 conference papers * 3 workshop papers

Book Chapter

  1. NAMD: Scalable Molecular Dynamics Based on the Charm++ Parallel Runtime System

    B. Acun, R. Buch, , L.V. Kalé, J. C. Phillips

    Exascale Scientific Applications: Scalability and Performance Portability, CRC Press
    [paper] [bib]

Journal Papers

  1. Scalable molecular dynamics with NAMD on the Summit system

    B. Acun, D.J. Hardy, L.V. Kalé, K. Li, J.C. Phillips, J.E. Stone

    IBM Journal of Research and Development,
    [paper] [bib]

  2. Power, Reliability, Performance: One System to Rule Them All

    B. Acun, A. Langer, H. Menon, O. Sarood, E. Totoni, and L. V. Kalé.

    IEEE Computer, Energy Efficient Computing Special Issue,
    [paper] [bib]

Conference Papers

  1. Power-Aware Heterogeneous Node Assembly

    B. Acun, A Buyuktosunoglu, E. K. Lee, Y. Park

    IEEE International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA)
    [paper] [bib]

  2. Support for Power Efficient Proactive Cooling Mechanisms

    B. Acun, E. K. Lee, Y. Park, L. V. Kalé

    International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC)
    [paper] [bib]

  3. Variation Among Processors Under Turbo Boost in HPC Systems

    B. Acun , P. Miller, L. V. Kalé

    International Conference on Supercomputing (ICS).
    [paper] [bib]

  4. Towards Realizing the Potential of Malleable Jobs

    A. Gupta, B. Acun , O. Sarood, L. V. Kalé

    International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC)
    [paper] [bib]

  5. Parallel Programming with Migratable Objects: Charm++ in Practice

    B. Acun, A. Gupta, N. Jain, A. Langer, H. Menon, E. Mikida, X. Ni, M. Robson, Y. Sun, E. Totoni, L. Wesolowski, L. V. Kalé.

    Supercomputing (SC)
    [paper] [bib]

  6. Thermal-Aware Automated Load Balancing for HPC Applications.

    H. Menon, B. Acun , SG De Gonzalo, O. Sarood, L. V. Kalé

    IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing (CLUSTER)
    [paper] [bib]

  7. Topic Tracking Using Chronological Term Ranking

    B. Acun, A. Başpınar, E. Oğuz, M.İ. Saraç, F. Can

    International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences (ISCIS)
    [paper] [bib]

Workshop Papers

  1. Neural Network-Based Task Scheduling with Preemptive Fan Control

    B. Acun, E. K. Lee, Y. Park, L. V. Kalé

    International Workshop on Energy Efficient Supercomputing (E2SC, SC)
    [paper] [bib]

  2. Mitigating Processor Variation with Dynamic Load Balancing

    B. Acun, L. V. Kalé

    IEEE International Workshop on Variability in Parallel and Distributed Systems (VarSys, IPDPS).
    [paper] [bib]

  3. TraceR: A Parallel Trace Replay Tool for Studying Interconnection Networks

    B. Acun, N. Jain, A. Bhatele, L. V. Kalé

    Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Agent-Based Simulations (PADABS, EUROPAR).
    [paper] [bib]

Services and Activities

Organizing Activities

  • Technical PC Member at the 37th IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD'19).

  • Workshop Organizer for “Ethics in Computing Workshop” at Heidelberg Forum (HLF'18).

  • PC Member at the Women in High Performance Computing Workshop (WHPC at SC'18).

  • Co-organizer, Women Empowered in STEM Conference (weSTEM'14).

Peer Review Activities

  • External Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC).

  • External Reviewer for Latin America High Performance Computing Conference (CARLA) (CARLA'19).

Other Activities

  • Technical Session Chair, "Data Centers" & "Energy Efficiency and Measurements" Sessions at IGSC'19.

  • Technical Session Chair, “Interfaces Session”, at 15th Annual Charm++ Workshop and Applications, Charm++'17.

  • Technical Session Chair, “Applications Session”, at 14th Annual Charm++ Workshop and Applications, Charm++'16.

  • Charm++ Hands-on Tutorial, at Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, ATPESC'15.

  • Graduate Student Mentor, Department of Computer Science at UIUC. 2013-2015.