Publish-training quant help, TF Lite delegate, and new fashions!
Posted by Vikram Tank (Product Supervisor), Coral Group
Coral’s had a busy summer time working with clients, increasing distribution, and constructing new options — and naturally taking a while for R&R. We’re excited to share updates, early work, and new fashions for our platform for native AI with you.
The compiler has been up to date to model 2.zero, including help for fashions constructed utilizing post-training quantization—solely when utilizing full integer quantization (beforehand, we required quantization-aware coaching)—and fixing just a few bugs. Because the Tensorflow staff mentions of their Medium submit “post-training integer quantization allows customers to take an already-trained floating-point mannequin and absolutely quantize it to solely use Eight-bit signed integers (i.e. `int8`).” Along with lowering the mannequin dimension, fashions which might be quantized with this technique can now be accelerated by the Edge TPU present in Coral merchandise.
We have additionally up to date the Edge TPU Python library to model 2.11.1 to incorporate new APIs for switch studying on Coral merchandise. The brand new on-device again propagation API permits you to carry out switch studying on the final layer of a picture classification mannequin. The final layer of a mannequin is eliminated earlier than compilation and applied on-device to run on the CPU. It permits for near-real time switch studying and doesn’t require you to recompile the mannequin. Our beforehand launched imprinting API, has been up to date to permit you to rapidly retrain current courses or add new ones whereas leaving different courses alone. Now you can even preserve the courses from the pre-trained base mannequin. Study extra about each choices for on-device switch studying.
Till now, accelerating your mannequin with the Edge TPU required that you just write code utilizing both our Edge TPU Python API or in C++. However now you possibly can speed up your mannequin on the Edge TPU when utilizing the TensorFlow Lite interpreter API, as a result of we have launched a TensorFlow Lite delegate for the Edge TPU. The TensorFlow Lite Delegate API is an experimental characteristic in TensorFlow Lite that enables for the TensorFlow Lite interpreter to delegate half or all of graph execution to a different executor—on this case, the opposite executor is the Edge TPU. Study extra in regards to the TensorFlow Lite delegate for Edge TPU.
Coral has additionally been working with Edge TPU and AutoML groups to launch EfficientNet-EdgeTPU: a household of picture classification fashions custom-made to run effectively on the Edge TPU. The fashions are primarily based upon the EfficientNet structure to attain the picture classification accuracy of a server-side mannequin in a compact dimension that is optimized for low latency on the Edge TPU. You may learn extra in regards to the fashions’ improvement and efficiency on the Google AI Weblog, and obtain educated and compiled variations on the Coral Fashions web page.
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We’re excited to maintain evolving the Coral platform, please preserve sending us suggestions at [email protected]