Compile GPU Inference

Author: Yuwei Hu

This is an example of using NNVM to compile MobileNet/ResNet model and deploy its inference on GPU.

To begin with, we import nnvm(for compilation) and TVM(for deployment).

import tvm
import numpy as np
from tvm.contrib import nvcc, graph_runtime
import nnvm.compiler
import nnvm.testing

Register the NVCC Compiler Option

NNVM optimizes the graph and relies on TVM to generate fast GPU code. To get the maximum performance, we need to enable nvcc’s compiler hook. This usually gives better performance than nvrtc mode.

def tvm_callback_cuda_compile(code):
    ptx = nvcc.compile_cuda(code, target="ptx")
    return ptx

Prepare the Benchmark

We construct a standard imagenet inference benchmark. NNVM needs two things to compile a deep learning model:

  • net: the graph representation of the computation
  • params: a dictionary of str to parameters

We use nnvm’s testing utility to produce the model description and random parameters so that the example does not depend on a specific front-end framework.


In a typical workflow, we can get this pair from nnvm.frontend

target = "cuda"
ctx = tvm.gpu(0)
batch_size = 1
num_classes = 1000
image_shape = (3, 224, 224)
data_shape = (batch_size,) + image_shape
out_shape = (batch_size, num_classes)
# To use ResNet to do inference, run the following instead
#net, params = nnvm.testing.resnet.get_workload(
#    batch_size=1, image_shape=image_shape)
net, params = nnvm.testing.mobilenet.get_workload(
    batch_size=1, image_shape=image_shape)

Compile the Graph

To compile the graph, we call the build function with the graph configuration and parameters. When parameters are provided, NNVM will pre-compute certain part of the graph if possible (e.g. simplify batch normalization to scale shift), and return the updated parameters.

graph, lib, params =
    net, target, shape={"data": data_shape}, params=params)

Run the Compiled Module

To deploy the module, we call tvm.contrib.graph_runtime.create passing in the graph, the lib, and context. Thanks to TVM, we can deploy the compiled module to many platforms and languages. The deployment module is designed to contain minimum dependencies. This example runs on the same machine.

Note that the code below no longer depends on NNVM, and only relies TVM’s runtime to run(deploy).

data = np.random.uniform(-1, 1, size=data_shape).astype("float32")
module = graph_runtime.create(graph, lib, ctx)
# set input
module.set_input("data", data)
# run
# get output
out = module.get_output(0, tvm.nd.empty(out_shape))
# convert to numpy

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 5.312 seconds)

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