How to make your CPU as fast as a GPU – Advances in Sparsity w/ Nir Shavit

Sparsity is awesome, but only recently has it become possible to properly handle sparse models at good performance.

Neural Magic does exactly this, using a plain CPU. No specialized hardware needed, just clever algorithms for pruning and forward-propagation of neural networks. Nir Shavit and I talk about how this is possible, what it means in terms of applications, and why sparsity should play a much larger role in the Deep Learning community.


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