DALI Release 0.1.1 Beta

This is the first release of DALI. This DALI 0.1.1 release is a beta release.

Key Features and Enhancements

This DALI release includes the following key features and enhancements.
On dense GPU systems, deep learning applications can be significantly bottlenecked on the CPU, limiting the overall performance and scalability of training and inference tasks. DALI enables offloading key deep learning augmentation steps on to GPUs, alleviating CPU bottleneck on the deep learning preprocessing pipelines. This results in out-of-box performance of overall training workflow and efficient utilization of multi-GPU resources on the system.

Drop-in Integration
DALI comes with built-in plugins for key frameworks such as MXNet, TensorFlow, and PyTorch. This enables automatic integration with frameworks so that researchers and developers can get up and running with DALI easily and quickly.

DALI supports multiple input data formats that are commonly used in computer vision deep learning applications, for example, JPEG images, raw formats, Lightning Memory-Mapped Database (LMDB), RecordIO and TFRecord. The flexibility of input data formats allows portability of training workflows across different frameworks and models, and helps to avoid intermediate data conversion steps. DALI enables better code reuse and maintainability with optimized building blocks and support for different data formats.

Using DALI 0.1.1 Beta

Ensure you are familiar with the following notes when using this release.

Known Issues

  • This is a beta release, therefore, not all functionality is fully supported and working. This beta release is meant for testing and research.

  • This is a beta release. All features are expected to be available, however, some aspects of functionality and performance will likely be limited compared to a non-beta release.