Streamlining Tensor and Network Pruning in PyTorch

ICLR workshop on Practical ML for Developing Countries


In order to contrast the explosion in size of state-of-the-art machine learning models that can be attributed to the empirical advantages of over-parametrization, and due to the necessity of deploying fast, sustainable, and private on-device models on resource-constrained devices, the community has focused on techniques such as pruning, quantization, and distillation as central strategies for model compression. Towards the goal of facilitating the adoption of a common interface for neural network pruning in PyTorch, this contribution describes the recent addition of the PyTorch torch.nn.utils.prune module, which provides shared, open-source pruning functionalities to lower the technical implementation barrier to reducing model size and capacity before, during, and/or after training. We present the module’s user interface, elucidate implementation details, illustrate example usage, and suggest ways to extend the contributed functionalities to new pruning methods.

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