Viswanath Sivakumar


I’m a Researcher at Facebook AI Research working on machine learning for systems where I’m currently exploring reinforcement learning to improve the performance of computer networks. Prior to that, I was part of Facebook AI Applied Computer Vision Research group where I founded and lead the Rosetta project—a large-scale machine learning system for understanding text in images and videos. I had also made extensive improvements to the low-level performance and efficiency of Computer Vision models in production.
I spent my first few years at Facebook working on our distributed BLOB storage infrastructure, and then on the traffic infrastructure team working on Proxygen, our open-source reverse proxy. I was also one of the early infrastructure engineers on Facebook Live video-streaming which I helped scale.


Machine learning for systems, computational neuroscience, reinforcement learning, image and video understanding, large-scale high-performance deep learning

Latest Publications

Workshop on ML for Systems at NeurIPS - November 30, 2019

MVFST-RL: An Asynchronous RL Framework for Congestion Control with Delayed Actions

Viswanath Sivakumar, Tim Rocktäschel, Alexander H. Miller, Heinrich Küttler, Nantas Nardelli, Michael G. Rabbat, Joelle Pineau, Sebastian Riedel

ArXiv - November 24, 2018

Deep Learning Inference in Facebook Data Centers: Characterization, Performance Optimizations and Hardware Implications

Jongsoo Park, Maxim Naumov, Protonu Basu, Summer Deng, Aravind Kalaiah, Daya Khudia, James Law, Parth Malani, Andrey Malevich, Satish Nadathur, Juan Pino, Martin Schatz, Alexander Sidorov, Viswanath Sivakumar, Andrew Tulloch, Xiaodong Wang, Yiming Wu, Hector Yuen, Utku Diril, Dmytro Dzhulgakov, Kim Hazelwood, Bill Jia, Yangqing Jia, Lin Qiao, Vijay Rao, Nadav Rotem, Sungjoo Yoo, Mikhail Smelyanskiy

KDD 2018 - August 26, 2018

Rosetta: Large Scale System for Text Detection and Recognition in Images

Fedor Borisyuk, Albert Gordo, Viswanath Sivakumar

OSDI - October 7, 2014

f4: Facebook’s Warm BLOB Storage System

Subramanian Muralidhar, Wyatt Lloyd, Sabyasachi Roy, Cory Hill, Ernest Lin, Weiwen Liu, Satadru Pan, Shiva Shankar, Viswanath Sivakumar, Linpeng Tang, Sanjeev Kumar