Neural Network Libraries
Neural Network Libraries is a deep learning framework that is intended to be used for research, development and production. We aim to have it running everywhere: desktop PCs, HPC clusters, embedded devices and production servers.
- Neural Network Libraries - CUDA extension: An extension library of Neural Network Libraries that allows users to speed-up the computation on CUDA-capable GPUs.
- Neural Network Libraries - Examples: Working examples of Neural Network Libraries from basic to state-of-the-art.
- Neural Network Console: A Windows GUI app for neural network development.
Installing Neural Network Libraries is easy:
pip install nnabla
This installs the CPU version of Neural Network Libraries. GPU-acceleration can be added by installing the CUDA extension with
pip install nnabla-ext-cuda.
For more details, see the installation section of the documentation.
Building from Source
See Build Manuals.
Running on Docker
For details on running on Docker, see the installation section of the documentation.
Easy, flexible and expressive
The Python API built on the Neural Network Libraries C++11 core gives you flexibility and
productivity. For example, a two layer neural network with classification loss
can be defined in the following 5 lines of codes (hyper parameters are enclosed
import nnabla as nn import nnabla.functions as F import nnabla.parametric_functions as PF x = nn.Variable(<input_shape>) t = nn.Variable(<target_shape>) h = F.tanh(PF.affine(x, <hidden_size>, name='affine1')) y = PF.affine(h, <target_size>, name='affine2') loss = F.mean(F.softmax_cross_entropy(y, t))
Training can be done by:
import nnabla.solvers as S # Create a solver (parameter updater) solver = S.Adam(<solver_params>) solver.set_parameters(nn.get_parameters()) # Training iteration for n in range(<num_training_iterations>): # Setting data from any data source x.d = <set data> t.d = <set label> # Initialize gradients solver.zero_grad() # Forward and backward execution loss.forward() loss.backward() # Update parameters by computed gradients solver.update()
The dynamic computation graph enables flexible runtime network construction. Neural Network Libraries can use both paradigms of static and dynamic graphs, both using the same API.
x.d = <set data> t.d = <set label> drop_depth = np.random.rand(<num_stochastic_layers>) < <layer_drop_ratio> with nn.auto_forward(): h = F.relu(PF.convolution(x, <hidden_size>, (3, 3), pad=(1, 1), name='conv0')) for i in range(<num_stochastic_layers>): if drop_depth[i]: continue # Stochastically drop a layer h2 = F.relu(PF.convolution(x, <hidden_size>, (3, 3), pad=(1, 1), name='conv%d' % (i + 1))) h = F.add2(h, h2) y = PF.affine(h, <target_size>, name='classification') loss = F.mean(F.softmax_cross_entropy(y, t)) # Backward computation (can also be done in dynamically executed graph) loss.backward()
Command line utility
Neural Network Libraries provides a command line utility
nnabla_cli for easier use of NNL.
nnabla_cli provides following functionality.
- Training, Evaluation or Inference with NNP file.
- Dataset and Parameter manipulation.
- File format converter
- From ONNX to NNP and NNP to ONNX.
- From ONNX or NNP to NNB or C source code.
For more details see Documentation
Portable and multi-platform
- Python API can be used on Linux and Windows
- Most of the library code is written in C++11, deployable to embedded devices
- Easy to add new modules like neural network operators and optimizers
- The library allows developers to add specialized implementations (e.g., for FPGA, ...). For example, we provide CUDA backend as an extension, which gives speed-up by GPU accelerated computation.
- High speed on a single CUDA GPU
- Memory optimization engine
- Multiple GPU support
A number of Jupyter notebook tutorials can be found in the tutorial folder. We recommend starting from
by_examples.ipynbfor a first working example in Neural Network Libraries and
python_api.ipynbfor an introduction into the Neural Network Libraries API.
We also provide some more sophisticated examples at
C++ API examples are available in
The technology is rapidly progressing, and researchers and developers often want to add their custom features to a deep learning framework. NNabla is really nice in this point. The architecture of Neural Network Libraries is clean and quite simple. Also, you can add new features very easy by the help of our code template generating system. See the following link for details.