Framework & runtime support

One of nGraph’s key features is framework neutrality. We currently support popular deep learning frameworks such as TensorFlow and MXNet with stable bridges to pass computational graphs to nGraph. Additionally nGraph Compiler has functional bridges to PaddlePaddle and PyTorch (via ONNXIFI). For these frameworks, we have successfully tested functionality with a few deep learning workloads, and we plan to bring stable support for them in the upcoming releases.

To further promote framework neutrality, the nGraph team has been actively contributing to the ONNX project. Developers who already have a "trained" DNN (Deep Neural Network) model can use nGraph to bypass significant framework-based complexity and import it to test or run on targeted and efficient backends with our user-friendly Python-based API.

nGraph is also integrated as an execution provider for ONNX Runtime, which is the first publicly available inference engine for ONNX.

The table below summarizes our current progress on supported frameworks. If you are an architect of a framework wishing to take advantage of speed and multi-device support of nGraph Compiler, please refer to Framework integration guide section.

Framework & Runtime Supported Validated
TensorFlow* 1.12 ✔️ ✔️
MXNet* 1.3 ✔️ ✔️
ONNX 1.3 ✔️ ✔️
ONNX Runtime Functional No
PyTorch (via ONNXIFI) Functional No
PaddlePaddle Functional No

Hardware & backend support

The current release of nGraph primarily focuses on accelerating inference performance on CPU. However we are also working on adding support for more hardware and backends. As with the frameworks, we believe in providing freedom to AI developers to deploy their deep learning workloads to the desired hardware without a lock in. We currently have functioning backends for Intel, Nvidia*, and AMD* GPU either leveraging kernel libraries such as clDNN and cuDNN directly or utilizing PlaidML to compile for codegen and emit OpenCL, OpenGL, LLVM, Cuda, and Metal. Please refer to Architecture and features section to learn more about how we plan to take advantage of both solutions using hybrid transformer. We expect to have stable support for aformentioned GPUs in the early second half of 2019. In the similar time frame, we plan to release multinode support.

Additionally, we are excited about providing support for our upcoming deep learning accelerators such as NNP (Neural Network Processor) via nGraph compiler stack, and early adopters will be able test them in 2019.

Backend Supported
Intel® Architecture CPU ✔️
Intel® Architecture GPUs Functional via clDNN and PlaidML
AMD* GPUs Functional via PlaidML
Nvidia* GPUs Functional via cuDNN and PlaidML
Intel® Nervana™ Neural Network Processor (NNP) Functional
Upcoming DL accelerators Functional and will be announced in the near future