By Niles Burbank – Director PM at AMD, Mayank Daga – Director, Deep Learning Software at AMD, and Woo Kim – Product Marketing Manager for PyTorch at Facebook
With the PyTorch 1.8 release, we are delighted to announce a new installation option for users of PyTorch on the ROCm™ open software platform. An installable Python package is now hosted on pytorch.org, along with instructions for local installation in the same simple, selectable format as PyTorch packages for CPU-only configurations and other GPU platforms. PyTorch on ROCm includes full capability for mixed-precision and large-scale training using AMD’s MIOpen & RCCL libraries. This provides a new option for data scientists, researchers, students, and others in the community to get started with accelerated PyTorch using AMD GPUs.
The ROCm Ecosystem
ROCm is AMD’s open source software platform for GPU-accelerated high performance computing and machine learning. Since the original ROCm release in 2016, the ROCm platform has evolved to support additional libraries and tools, a wider set of Linux® distributions, and a range of new GPUs. This includes the AMD Instinct™ MI100, the first GPU based on AMD CDNA™ architecture.
The ROCm ecosystem has an established history of support for PyTorch, which was initially implemented as a fork of the PyTorch project, and more recently through ROCm support in the upstream PyTorch code. PyTorch users can install PyTorch for ROCm using AMD’s public PyTorch docker image, and can of course build PyTorch for ROCm from source. With PyTorch 1.8, these existing installation options are now complemented by the availability of an installable Python package.
The primary focus of ROCm has always been high performance computing at scale. The combined capabilities of ROCm and AMD’s Instinct family of data center GPUs are particularly suited to the challenges of HPC at data center scale. PyTorch is a natural fit for this environment, as HPC and ML workflows become more intertwined.
Getting started with PyTorch for ROCm
The scope for this build of PyTorch is AMD GPUs with ROCm support, running on Linux. The GPUs supported by ROCm include all of AMD’s Instinct family of compute-focused data center GPUs, along with some other select GPUs. A current list of supported GPUs can be found in the ROCm Github repository. After confirming that the target system includes supported GPUs and the current 4.0.1 release of ROCm, installation of PyTorch follows the same simple Pip-based installation as any other Python package. As with PyTorch builds for other platforms, the configurator at https://pytorch.org/get-started/locally/ provides the specific command line to be run.
PyTorch for ROCm is built from the upstream PyTorch repository, and is a full featured implementation. Notably, it includes support for distributed training across multiple GPUs and supports accelerated mixed precision training.
An engaged user base is a tremendously important part of the PyTorch ecosystem. We would be deeply appreciative of feedback on the PyTorch for ROCm experience in the PyTorch discussion forum and, where appropriate, reporting any issues via Github.
Niles Burbank is a Director PR at AMD. Mayank Daga is a Director, Deep Learning Software at AMD. Woo Kim is a Product Marketing Manager for PyTorch at Facebook. Their postings are their own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.
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