Michael Henning, Performance Tuning Developer in Sparta, NJ, United States
Michael Henning

Performance Tuning Developer in Sparta, NJ, United States

Member since June 28, 2021
Michael's professional experience includes working on deep learning and computer vision at both Facebook and a venture-funded startup. He enjoys freelancing because of the flexibility and variety it provides. Michael is looking forward to working with clients that can make use of his specialized skills in deep learning and performant systems, as well as clients that need more general back-end development expertise.
Michael is now available for hire



  • C++ 3 years
  • Performance Tuning 3 years
  • Git 3 years
  • Python 3 years
  • Convolutional Neural Networks 2 years
  • PyTorch 2 years
  • C 2 years
  • Image Processing 1 year


Sparta, NJ, United States



Preferred Environment

Linux, Visual Studio Code, Git

The most amazing...

...performance improvement I made to a production system managed to cut search cost and latency by a factor of four at a startup where search was our core focus.


  • Computer Vision Software Engineer

    2019 - 2021
    • Debugged and configured a production image inference system in C++ that processes thousands of queries per second. Solved a problem that negatively impacted accuracy for all image models and proactively caught a subtle use-after-free bug.
    • Contributed research directions and code to GrokNet, a model for fine-grained image recognition across several business verticals, including developing a novel way to aggregate contrastive loss pairs across GPUs.
    • Co-developed SimSearchNet++, a model for near-duplicate image detection.
    Technologies: C++, Python, PyTorch
  • Software Engineer

    2018 - 2019
    • Improved throughput of image loading by over eight times to support multi-GPU training.
    • Led migration of the core training and inference stack from Caffe to PyTorch.
    • Cut search cost and latency by four times by finding and implementing optimization opportunities in a core search routine, including replacing a previous BLAS-accelerated implementation with a custom C++ implementation.
    Technologies: C++, Python, PyTorch, Django, AWS, Google Cloud
  • Software Engineering Intern

    2017 - 2017
    • Ported an image super-resolution algorithm to run on custom coprocessors.
    • Leveraged symmetries to fit large lookup tables into 16KB of on-chip memory.
    • Wrote a fixed-point square root approximation which achieved a two-time speedup.
    Technologies: C++, Image Processing


  • GrokNet

    I was integral to the development of a model for fine-grained image recognition across several business verticals.

    My contributions included writing a training system in Python that could effectively load images fast enough to maintain high GPU utilization during distributed model training runs while maintaining high developer flexibility, developing a novel way to aggregate contrastive loss pairs across GPUs that improved model accuracy, and catching several discrepancies between test systems and production which impacted the final accuracy of the model.

  • SimSearchNet++

    I contributed accuracy and speed improvements to a neural network used for duplicate image detection, including comparisons between a variety of different architectures and quantization into int8. I was also involved in the deployment of this model to production traffic, where I proactively caught a subtle issue that caused early load testing results to underestimate resource usage by order of magnitude and also managed to track down a subtle bug related to receiving different results for a fraction of a percent of production traffic which ended up being related to differences in CPU microarchitectures in our server cluster.


  • Languages

    C++, C, Python, Rust, Python 3, Java, Go, OCaml
  • Tools

  • Other

    Memory Management, Performance Tuning, Deep Learning, Convolutional Neural Networks, Image Processing, AWS
  • Libraries/APIs

    PyTorch, OpenGL
  • Frameworks

    Django, Presto DB
  • Paradigms

    Functional Programming
  • Platforms

    Linux, Visual Studio Code
  • Storage

    Google Cloud, PostgreSQL


  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science
    2014 - 2018
    Cornell University - Ithaca, NY, USA

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