GPU Asynchronous Stochastic Gradient Descent to Speed Up Neural Network Training

Thomas Paine, Hailin Jin, Jianchao Yang, Zhe Lin, Thomas Huang
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
arXiv:1312.6186 [cs.CV], (21 Dec 2013)


   author={Paine}, T. and {Jin}, H. and {Yang}, J. and {Lin}, Z. and {Huang}, T.},

   title={"{GPU Asynchronous Stochastic Gradient Descent to Speed Up Neural Network Training}"},

   journal={ArXiv e-prints},




   keywords={Computer Science – Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Computer Science – Distributed, Parallel, and Cluster Computing, Computer Science – Learning, Computer Science – Neural and Evolutionary Computing},




   adsnote={Provided by the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System}


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The ability to train large-scale neural networks has resulted in state-of-the-art performance in many areas of computer vision. These results have largely come from computational break throughs of two forms: model parallelism, e.g. GPU accelerated training, which has seen quick adoption in computer vision circles, and data parallelism, e.g. A-SGD, whose large scale has been used mostly in industry. We report early experiments with a system that makes use of both model parallelism and data parallelism, we call GPU A-SGD. We show using GPU A-SGD it is possible to speed up training of large convolutional neural networks useful for computer vision. We believe GPU A-SGD will make it possible to train larger networks on larger training sets in a reasonable amount of time.
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