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Deeplite announces community version of Neutrino

Free version optimizes deep learning applications at the network edge

May 27, 2021  EP&T Magazine

Deeplite, a Montreal-based provider of AI software designed to make other AI models faster, more compact and energy-efficient, has rolled out its free Neutrino Community version. This edition provides a hands-on introduction while also enabling new connections and knowledge exchange among community members from different commercial, research and academic environments.

Community users will benefit from sharing feedback and ideas using Deeplite Neutrino on Github, while optimizing their deep learning models for memory, compute, power and other resource constraints on cameras, drones, smartphones and other network edge devices.

As organizations look to include more edge devices in their AI and deep learning strategies, they are faced with the challenge of making AI models run on devices that often have very limited hardware resources. Deeplite created Neutrino, an intelligent optimization engine for Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) deployed on cloud servers, where increased throughput can save money, and edge devices where size, speed and power are often major challenges. With Neutrino, AI experts automatically optimize high-performance DNN models for these resource constraints. Neutrino inputs large, initial DNN models that have been trained for a specific use case and understands the edge device constraints to deliver smaller, more efficient, and accurate models.

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Optimization on their AI models

Neutrino Community is designed for deep learning engineers and teams at both startups and larger corporations, as well as industry researchers and academics – anyone looking to test the benefits of optimization on their AI models. While powerful, DNNs are complex and require extensive computing power, which can be a barrier to deploying on edge devices. As a result, developers often struggle to optimize DNN models, without compromising accuracy, which limits the benefit of their AI strategy.

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve and extend our AI Cluster, and Deeplite’s new Neutrino Community version allows us to provide advanced DNN optimization and collaboration with our network of university researchers,” said Yassine Hariri, senior AI/ML scientist at CMC Microsystems. “Because of a shortage of AI talent, it can often be difficult to find experts to discuss ideas and challenges with, so we look forward to fostering industry-academic interactions.”

Deep learning models

The Community will allow members to accelerate and enhance their current AI research and development projects by testing out the impact of optimizing their AI models. Deeplite provides various examples of how to optimize different applications and use cases for deep learning models such as image classification, object detection and semantic segmentation.

The Community Version of Deeplite Neutrino also includes access to two key resources:

  • Deeplite Torch Zoo – a collection of popular DNN model architectures and benchmark datasets for PyTorch framework. Its pre-trained models can be used as a starting point for optimizing model architectures using Neutrino.
  • Deeplite Profiler – a tool to measure the performance of a deep learning model easily and effectively in both PyTorch and TensorFlow 1.x frameworks. Members can utilize existing metrics or create their own custom metrics. In addition, performance can be compared between two deep learning models – for example, a teacher and student model.

Building optimization

“The network edge is critical – it’s where users interact with devices and applications, businesses connect with customers, and the data to drive strategy and operations is generated. And while businesses want to push their AI software to the edge, the resource limitations of edge devices are holding them back,” said Nick Romano, CEO and co-founder at Deeplite. “Rather than spending time and money to try building optimization software on their own, our free Neutrino Community version lets deep learning engineers and researchers download our software to immediately test optimizing their models. This will accelerate more AI on the edge and move our mission of ‘AI for Everyday Life’ forward.”

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For more information, or to register for the Community, visit https://github.com/Deeplite/neutrino#Get-Your-Free-Community-License

 

 


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