FBGEMM: Enabling High-Performance Low-Precision Deep Learning Inference

01/13/2021 ∙ by Daya Khudia, et al. ∙ 0

Deep learning models typically use single-precision (FP32) floating point data types for representing activations and weights, but a slew of recent research work has shown that computations with reduced-precision data types (FP16, 16-bit integers, 8-bit integers or even 4- or 2-bit integers) are enough to achieve same accuracy as FP32 and are much more efficient. Therefore, we designed fbgemm, a high-performance kernel library, from ground up to perform high-performance quantized inference on current generation CPUs. fbgemm achieves efficiency by fusing common quantization operations with a high-performance gemm implementation and by shape- and size-specific kernel code generation at runtime. The library has been deployed at Facebook, where it delivers greater than 2x performance gains with respect to our current production baseline.

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