Wednesday, January 26, 2022

AMD and Microsoft brings TensorFlow-DirectML to bring 4X improvement for RDNA2 GPUs

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Microsoft along in conjunction with AMD RDNA 2 technology has released TensorFlow-DirectML. It is one of the most accessible machine learning (ML) tools that are designed to work across a broad spectrum of hardware especially the GPUs.

This new ML from AMD shows an initial 3.7x improvement on inference performance and up to 4.4x improvement on overall AI Benchmark Alpha scores. The new technology is already been tested on AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT and RX 6600 XT graphics hardware.

Sources report that the largest improvement was seen on device training scores which scored an increase of 4.4x improvement.

To solve the world’s most profound challenges, you need powerful and accessible machine learning (ML) tools that are designed to work across a broad spectrum of hardware. This can range from data centre applications for scientists and researchers to desktop and notebook PCs used by students and professionals looking to develop ML models on the hardware they already own.

The feedback from our customers is their desire to better leverage the power of their existing Windows® PC hardware for their machine learning workflows. To help address this need and make ML tools more accessible to Windows users, last year Microsoft announced the preview availability of support for GPU-accelerated training workflows using DirectML-enabled machine learning frameworks in Windows and the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

This GPU-accelerated training works on any DirectX® 12 compatible GPU and AMD Radeon™ and Radeon PRO graphics cards are fully supported. This provides our customers with even greater capability to develop ML models using their devices with AMD Radeon graphics and Microsoft® Windows 10.

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[…]These updates will let you benefit from all the performance improvements that both Microsoft and AMD have enabled throughout the development of TensorFlow-directly and will take your Windows machine learning workflows when using AMD graphics to the next level!

Those who own computers with DirectX 12 which are compatible with AMD Radeon graphics hardware, such as the aforementioned RX 6900 XT and RX 6600 XT graphics cards, can start using TensorFlow-DirectML right now.


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Nivedita Bangari
I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.


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