When we first announced PlaidML we promised to bring deep learning to every platform. With today’s release of preliminary Windows support we’re moving much closer to that goal – PlaidML now supports all the common desktop and server platforms.
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With the release of the PlaidML machine learning framework, Vertex.AI is helping make accelerated machine learning on every platform a reality. Historically the key obstacle to acceleration on a wide range of platforms has been software support, that support being constrained by the need for laborious implementation of libraries of hand-crafted software “kernels” for each processor. PlaidML takes a different approach, using a tensor manipulation language we’ve developed called Tile to automatically generate the kernels, making it many times easier to add support for GPUs and new types of processors. Our benchmarks show that this approach is competitive with existing frameworks on NVIDIA GPUs, while also extending compatibility to other common GPUs such as those from AMD and Intel.
Last week we announced the release of PlaidML, an open source software framework designed to enable deep learning on every device. Our goal with PlaidML is to make deep learning accessible by supporting the most popular hardware and software already in the hands of developers, researchers, and students. Last week’s release supported Python 2.7 on Linux. We received immediate requests for Mac and Python 3, today we’re pleased to announce preliminary support for both.
We’re pleased to announce the next step towards deep learning for every device and platform. Today Vertex.AI is releasing PlaidML, our open source portable deep learning engine. Our mission is to make deep learning accessible to every person on every device, and we’re building PlaidML to help make that a reality. We’re starting by supporting the most popular hardware and software already in the hands of developers, researchers, and students. The initial version of PlaidML runs on most existing PC hardware with OpenCL-capable GPUs from NVIDIA, AMD, or Intel. Additionally, we’re including support for running the widely popular Keras framework on top of Plaid to allow existing code and tutorials to run unchanged.
Recently we posted early results from our work to bring deep learning to more people through OpenCL support including initial benchmarks on AMD and NVIDIA hardware. As a business we are building on this technology to bring real-time computer vision to every device. In this post we will discuss the key issue of processing speed, open source a tool we use to measure speed on real workloads, and share our performance progress. Through careful optimization our runtime software, code-named Plaid, is now up to 1.4x faster than TensorFlow 1.3 + cuDNN 6 for real-time vision tasks.
Earlier this week, we posted a first look at our work to bring deep learning to more people on more platforms. Today, we’re adding details on our plan to open source our software and an update on our development progress. With our support for the OpenCL open standard, people with a GPU from any manufacturer, including NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel, will soon be able to get started with real datasets in minutes. Users won’t need to sacrifice speed for that freedom, our software is as fast as TensorFlow + cuDNN in some cases and it will continue to improve.
I’m excited to announce Vertex.AI’s work to bring deep learning to OpenCL and share a first look at our results so far. This work is intended to make deep learning accessible to more people and speed up progress across the field. Read on for the details and what’s coming next.
We’re working to bring the power of neural nets to every application, using new technology invented and built in-house, to make applications that weren’t possible, possible. There’s a large gap between the capabilities neural networks show in research and the practical challenges in actually getting them to run on the platforms where most applications run. Making these algorithms work in your app requires fast enough hardware paired with precisely tuned software compatible with your platform and language. Efficient plus compatible plus portable is a huge challenge—we can help.