Data Parallelism is when we split the mini-batch of samples into multiple smaller mini-batches and run the computation for each of the smaller mini-batches in parallel.
Data Parallelism is implemented using
One can wrap a Module in
DataParallel and it will be parallelized
over multiple GPUs in the batch dimension.
import torch import torch.nn as nn class DataParallelModel(nn.Module): def __init__(self): super().__init__() self.block1 = nn.Linear(10, 20) # wrap block2 in DataParallel self.block2 = nn.Linear(20, 20) self.block2 = nn.DataParallel(self.block2) self.block3 = nn.Linear(20, 20) def forward(self, x): x = self.block1(x) x = self.block2(x) x = self.block3(x) return x
The code does not need to be changed in CPU-mode.
The documentation for DataParallel can be found here.
Attributes of the wrapped module
After wrapping a Module with
DataParallel, the attributes of the module
(e.g. custom methods) became inaccessible. This is because
defines a few new members, and allowing other attributes might lead to
clashes in their names. For those who still want to access the attributes,
a workaround is to use a subclass of
DataParallel as below.
class MyDataParallel(nn.DataParallel): def __getattr__(self, name): return getattr(self.module, name)
Primitives on which DataParallel is implemented upon:
In general, pytorch’s nn.parallel primitives can be used independently. We have implemented simple MPI-like primitives:
replicate: replicate a Module on multiple devices
scatter: distribute the input in the first-dimension
gather: gather and concatenate the input in the first-dimension
parallel_apply: apply a set of already-distributed inputs to a set of already-distributed models.
To give a better clarity, here function
data_parallel composed using
def data_parallel(module, input, device_ids, output_device=None): if not device_ids: return module(input) if output_device is None: output_device = device_ids replicas = nn.parallel.replicate(module, device_ids) inputs = nn.parallel.scatter(input, device_ids) replicas = replicas[:len(inputs)] outputs = nn.parallel.parallel_apply(replicas, inputs) return nn.parallel.gather(outputs, output_device)
Part of the model on CPU and part on the GPU¶
Let’s look at a small example of implementing a network where part of it is on the CPU and part on the GPU
device = torch.device("cuda:0") class DistributedModel(nn.Module): def __init__(self): super().__init__( embedding=nn.Embedding(1000, 10), rnn=nn.Linear(10, 10).to(device), ) def forward(self, x): # Compute embedding on CPU x = self.embedding(x) # Transfer to GPU x = x.to(device) # Compute RNN on GPU x = self.rnn(x) return x
This was a small introduction to PyTorch for former Torch users. There’s a lot more to learn.
Look at our more comprehensive introductory tutorial which introduces
optim package, data loaders etc.: Deep Learning with PyTorch: A 60 Minute Blitz.
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