Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit Release 18.03

The NVIDIA container image of Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, release 18.03, is available.

Contents of the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit

This container image contains the source files that are used to build the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit in the /opt/cntk directory. The Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit binaries are pre-built and installed into the /usr/local/cntk directory.

A Python 3.6 Conda environment (including the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit module) is installed in the /opt/conda/envs/cntk-py36 directory. This is included in PATH, so by default the python command executes a Python 3.6 interpreter. To use the base Ubuntu Python 2.7 binary, you can either adjust PATH or explicitly call /usr/bin/python.

This image of the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit 2.4, is built with the following options enabled:
  • Async SGD
  • Python 3 API
  • OpenCV
  • Kaldi
The container also includes the following:

Driver Requirements

Release 18.03 is based on CUDA 9, which requires NVIDIA Driver release 384.xx.

Key Features and Enhancements

This Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit release includes the following key features and enhancements.
  • Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit container image version 18.03 is based on Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit 2.4.
  • Added support for Python 3.6. Python 3.4 is now deprecated.
  • Added support for FP16 natively with Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit upstream version 2.4.
  • Latest version of cuBLAS 9.0.333
  • Latest version of cuDNN 7.1.1
  • Ubuntu 16.04 with February 2018 updates

Known Issues

There are no known issues in this release.