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From "wangwei (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (SINGA-29) Update NeuralNet class to enable customizing layer partition type
Date Sat, 11 Jul 2015 06:25:04 GMT
wangwei created SINGA-29:

             Summary: Update NeuralNet class to enable customizing layer partition type
                 Key: SINGA-29
             Project: Singa
          Issue Type: Bug
            Reporter: wangwei
            Assignee: wangwei

This ticket is to update the NeuralNet class to enable users customize the partitioning of
each layer. It also cleans the code for NeuralNet class and Graph class.

The are two places where the user can configure the partitioning of the neural net. 
* partition_dim for the whole neural net (in NetProto)
* partition_dim for each layer (in LayerProto)
The partition_dim of the net will be copied to each layer if the layer's partition_dim is
not set; Otherwise, the layer's own partition_dim will be used.

Currently we support three values of partition_dim:
* partition_dim = -1, no partition
* partition_dim = 0, partition along the batch dimension, e.g., partition one mini-batch of
100 images into two partitions, each with 50 images.
* partition_dim = 1, partition along feature dimension, e.g., if we partition one mini-batch
of 100 images, each represented using 128-d feature vector, into two partitions. Each partition
would have 100 images, each represented using 64-d feature vector.

NeuralNet is constructed as follows:
Neural net configuration is converted to a graph with one node per (sub) layer. Some connection
nodes will be inserted automatically if the neural net needs partitioning (e.g., group size
>1). After topology sort, one Layer will be created per node and layers will be connected
accordingly. The Graph class provides functions for adding/removing nodes and edges, and sorting
nodes in topology order. Each node stores the configuration of one layer.

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