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  1. Low-rank compression is an important model compression strategy for obtaining compact neural network models. In general, because the rank values directly determine the model complexity and model accuracy, proper selection of layer-wise rank is very critical and desired. To date, though many low-rank compression approaches, either selecting the ranks in a manual or automatic way, have been proposed, they suffer from costly manual trials or unsatisfied compression performance. In addition, all of the existing works are not designed in a hardware-aware way, limiting the practical performance of the compressed models on real-world hardware platforms. To address these challenges, in this paper we propose HALOC, a hardware-aware automatic low-rank compression framework. By interpreting automatic rank selection from an architecture search perspective, we develop an end-to-end solution to determine the suitable layer-wise ranks in a differentiable and hardware-aware way. We further propose design principles and mitigation strategy to efficiently explore the rank space and reduce the potential interference problem.Experimental results on different datasets and hardware platforms demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed approach. On CIFAR-10 dataset, HALOC enables 0.07% and 0.38% accuracy increase over the uncompressed ResNet-20 and VGG-16 models with 72.20% and 86.44% fewer FLOPs, respectively. On ImageNet dataset, HALOC achieves 0.9% higher top-1 accuracy than the original ResNet-18 model with 66.16% fewer FLOPs. HALOC also shows 0.66% higher top-1 accuracy increase than the state-of-the-art automatic low-rank compression solution with fewer computational and memory costs. In addition, HALOC demonstrates the practical speedups on different hardware platforms, verified by the measurement results on desktop GPU, embedded GPU and ASIC accelerator. 
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  2. Tucker decomposition is one of the SOTA CNN model compression techniques. However, unlike the FLOPs reduction, we observe very limited inference time reduction with Tucker-compressed models using existing GPU software such as cuDNN. To this end, we propose an efficient end-to-end framework that can generate highly accurate and compact CNN models via Tucker decomposition and optimized inference code on GPUs. Specifically, we propose an ADMM-based training algorithm that can achieve highly accurate Tucker-format models. We also develop a high-performance kernel for Tucker-format convolutions and analytical performance models to guide the selection of execution parameters. We further propose a co-design framework to determine the proper Tucker ranks driven by practical inference time (rather than FLOPs). Our evaluation on five modern CNNs with A100 demonstrates that our compressed models with our optimized code achieve up to 2.21× speedup over cuDNN, 1.12× speedup over TVM, and 3.27× over the original models using cuDNN with at most 0.05% accuracy loss. 
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