Learning to Optimize Tensor Programs

Abstract

We introduce a learning-based framework to optimize tensor programs for deep learning workloads. Efficient implementations of tensor operators, such as matrix multiplication and high dimensional convolution, are key enablers of effective deep learning systems. However, current systems rely on manually optimized libraries, e.g., cuDNN, that support only a narrow range of server class GPUs. Such reliance limits the applicability of high-level graph optimizations and incurs significant engineering costs when deploying to new hardware targets. We use learning to remove this engineering burden. We learn domain-specific statistical cost models to guide the search of tensor operator implementations over billions of possible program variants. We further accelerate the search using effective model transfer across workloads. Experimental results show that our framework delivers performance that is competitive with state-of-the-art hand-tuned libraries for low-power CPUs, mobile GPUs, and server-class GPUs.

Publication
NIPS'18: Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems
Ziheng Jiang
Ziheng Jiang
Ph.D. Student

His research center around co-designing efficient algorithms and systems for machine learning.

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