Sparse Learning Library and Sparse Momentum Resources
This repo contains a sparse learning library which allows you to wrap any PyTorch neural network with a sparse mask to emulate the training of sparse neural networks. It also contains the code to replicate our work Sparse Networks from Scratch: Faster Training without Losing Performance.
- Install PyTorch.
- Install other dependencies:
pip install -r requirements.txt
- Install the sparse learning library:
python setup.py install
MNIST & CIFAR-10 models
MNIST and CIFAR-10 code can be found in the
mnist_cifar subfolder. You can run
python main.py --data DATASET_NAME --model MODEL_NAME to run a model on MNIST (
--data mnist) or CIFAR-10 (
The following models can be specified with the
--model command out-of-the-box:
MNIST: lenet5 lenet300-100 CIFAR-10: alexnet-s alexnet-b vgg-c vgg-d vgg-like wrn-28-2 wrn-22-8 wrn-16-8 wrn-16-10
Beyond standard parameters like batch-size and learning rate which usage can be seen by
python main.py --help the following sparse learning specific parameter are available:
--save-features Resumes a saved model and saves its feature data to disk for plotting. --bench Enables the benchmarking of layers and estimates sparse speedups --growth GROWTH Growth mode. Choose from: momentum, random, and momentum_neuron. --death DEATH Death mode / pruning mode. Choose from: magnitude, SET, threshold. --redistribution REDISTRIBUTION Redistribution mode. Choose from: momentum, magnitude, nonzeros, or none. --death-rate DEATH_RATE The pruning rate / death rate. --density DENSITY The density of the overall sparse network. --sparse Enable sparse mode. Default: True.
Running an ImageNet Model
To run ImageNet you need to install Apex. For me it currently does not work to install apex from pip, but installing it from the repo works just fine.
The ImageNet code for sparse momentum can be found in the sub-folder
imagenet which contains an adjusted version of NVIDIA Deep Learning Examples: RN50v1.5. For now, please follow the instructions of this repo (I will update more specific instructions later). You can use the adjusted
RN50_FP32_4GPU.sh script in the
imagenet/example folder to run an ImageNet example once you setup everything as described in the original repo.
Running Your Own Model
With the sparse learning library it is easy to run sparse momentum on your own model. All that you need to do is follow the following code template:
Extending the Library
Some changes to the library are still pending which will enable the easy extension with your own sparse learning algorithm. Stay tuned.
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