SINGA: Putting Deep Learning in the Hands of Multimedia Users

Wei Wang, Gang Chen, Tien Tuan Anh Dinh, Jinyang Gao, Beng Chin Ooi, Kian-Lee Tan, Sheng Wang
School of Computing, National University of Singapore, Singapore
ACM Multimedia, 2015

   title={SINGA: Putting Deep Learning in the Hands of Multimedia Users},

   author={Wang, Wei and Chen, Gang and Dinh, Tien Tuan Anh and Gao, Jinyang and Ooi, Beng Chin and Tan, Kian-Lee and Wang, Sheng},

   booktitle={ACM Multimedia},



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Recently, deep learning techniques have enjoyed success in various multimedia applications, such as image classification and multimodal data analysis. Two key factors behind deep learning’s remarkable achievement are the immense computing power and the availability of massive training datasets, which enable us to train large models to capture complex regularities of the data. There are two challenges to overcome before deep learning can be widely adopted in multimedia and other applications. One is usability, namely the implementation of different models and training algorithms must be done by non-experts without much effort. The other is scalability, that is the deep learning system must be able to provision for a huge demand of computing resources for training large models with massive datasets. To address these two challenges, in this paper, we design a distributed deep learning platform called SINGA which has an intuitive programming model and good scalability. Our experience with developing and training deep learning models for real-life multimedia applications in SINGA shows that the platform is both usable and scalable.
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