SINGA is an Apache Incubating project for developing an open source machine learning library. It provides a flexible architecture for scalable distributed training, is extensible to run over a wide range of hardware, and has a focus on health-care applications.
SINGA was initiated by the DB System Group at National University of Singapore in 2014, in collaboration with the database group of Zhejiang University.
SINGA is a general distributed deep learning platform for training big deep learning models over large datasets. It is designed with an intuitive programming model based on the layer abstraction. A variety of popular deep learning models are supported, namely feed-forward models including convolutional neural networks (CNN), energy models like restricted Boltzmann machine (RBM), and recurrent neural networks (RNN). Many built-in layers are provided for users. SINGA architecture is sufficiently flexible to run synchronous, asynchronous and hybrid training frameworks. SINGA also supports different neural net partitioning schemes to parallelize the training of large models, namely partitioning on batch dimension, feature dimension or hybrid partitioning.
The second goal is to make SINGA easy to use. It is non-trivial for programmers to develop and train models with deep and complex model structures. Distributed training further increases the burden of programmers, e.g., data and model partitioning, and network communication. Hence it is essential to provide an easy to use programming model so that users can implement their deep learning models/algorithms without much awareness of the underlying distributed platform.
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