Nov 10 – 11, 2021
Hotel Mercure Budapest Castle Hill
Europe/Budapest timezone

Implementing Hierarchical Bayesian Networks on the GPU

Nov 10, 2021, 2:00 PM
Hotel Mercure Budapest Castle Hill

Hotel Mercure Budapest Castle Hill

1013 Budapest, Krisztina Körút 41-43


László Dobos (Wigner FK)


Designing spectroscopic follow-up observations in astronomy poses several challenges. Observing spectra is significantly more time consuming than photometric imaging observations yet, interesting objects need to be selected based on images taken with only a few broad-band filters. Hierarchical Bayesian Networks are often used to estimate physical parameters of photometrically observed stars, a prerequisite to successful spectroscopic targeting. We present an implementation of a novel Bayesian model which can be used to fit parameters of mixtures of stellar populations to derive physical parameters as well as population membership probabilities for each star. Since the Adaptive Monte Carlo method used to integrate the model is computationally expensive, we rely heavily on GPUs.

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László Dobos (Wigner FK)

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