Common Configuration Files

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This section describes the NeMo configuration file setup that is specific to models in the MM Text2Img collection. For general information about how to set up and run experiments that is common to all NeMo models (e.g. Experiment Manager and PyTorch Lightning trainer parameters), see the Core Documentation section.

The model section of the NeMo Multimodal Text2Img configuration files generally requires information about the dataset(s) being used, the text and image encoder, parameters for any augmentation being performed, as well as the model architecture specification. The sections on this page cover each of these in more detail.

Example configuration files for all of the NeMo Multimodal Text2Img scripts can be found in the config directory of the examples.

Training, validation, and test parameters are specified using the train, validation, and test sections in the configuration file, respectively. Depending on the task, there may be arguments specifying the augmentations for the dataset, the resolution filter for filtering out images, and so on.

Any initialization parameter that is accepted for the Dataset class used in the experiment can be set in the config file. Refer to the Datasets section of the API for a list of Datasets and their respective parameters.

An example Text2Img train configuration should look similar to the following:


model: data: num_workers: 16 # The number of workers for dataloader process train: dataset_path: # List of wdinfo files for the datasets to train on - dataset1.pkl - dataset2.pkl augmentations: resize_samllest_side: 64 # Resize the smallest side of the image to the specified resolution center_crop_h_w: 64, 64 # Center cropping horizontal_flip: False # Whether to perform horizontal flip filterings: resolution: method: larger value: 64 webdataset: use_webdataset: True infinite_sampler: false local_root_path: ??? # Path that stores the dataset verbose: False # Whether to print detail debugging information

Currently, our diffusion-based Text2Img models do not require validation steps for faster convergence. As discussed in Datasets, storing training dataset in webdataset format is the requirement for all text2img training pipeline. Using webdataset.infinite_sampler=True is the preferred way for training especially if the dataset is large as suggested by Webdataset Multinode Training Guideline .

Enabling train.filterings allows one to filter out images (and corresponding text pairs) based on some common use cases (e.g., minimum resolution) without having to create a redundant subset of the webdataset on the disk prior to training. The example above showcases how to filter the dataset so that only images with a resolution larger than 64x64 will be used for training. Concatenating multiple webdataset is as easy as listing all wdinfo files in train.dataset_path.

Trainer configuration specifies the arguments for Pytorch Lightning Trainer Object.


trainer: devices: 1 # number of GPUs (0 for CPU), or list of the GPUs to use e.g. [0, 1] num_nodes: 1 max_epochs: -1 max_steps: 2500000 # precedence over max_epochs logger: False # Provided by exp_manager precision: bf16 # Should be set to 16 for O1 and O2 to enable the AMP. accelerator: gpu log_every_n_steps: 5 # Interval of logging. resume_from_checkpoint: null # The path to a checkpoint file to continue the training, restores the whole state including the epoch, step, LR schedulers, apex, etc. num_sanity_val_steps: 10 # number of steps to perform validation steps for sanity check the validation process before starting the training, setting to 0 disables it enable_checkpointing: False # Provided by exp_manager accumulate_grad_batches: 1 # do not modify, grad acc is automatic for training megatron models gradient_clip_val: 1.0 benchmark: False enable_model_summary: True

Refer to the Pytorch Lightning Trainer API section for all possible arguments

NeMo Experiment Manager provides convenient way to configure logging, saving, resuming options and more.


exp_manager: exp_dir: null # exp_dir for your experiment, if None, defaults to "./nemo_experiments" name: ${name} create_wandb_logger: True wandb_logger_kwargs: # Whether you want exp_manger to create a Wandb logger name: training-session project: text2img group: nemo resume: True create_tensorboard_logger: True # Whether you want exp_manger to create a tb logger create_checkpoint_callback: True # Whether you want exp_manager to create a model checkpoint callback checkpoint_callback_params: monitor: reduced_train_loss save_top_k: 5 every_n_epochs: 0 # Save checkpoint frequency. every_n_train_steps: 1000 # Mutually exclusive with every_n_epochs. It is recommended to set this if training on large-scale dataset. filename: '${name}--{reduced_train_loss:.2f}-{step}-{consumed_samples}' resume_if_exists: True resume_ignore_no_checkpoint: True resume_from_checkpoint: ${model.resume_from_checkpoint} ema: enable: True decay: 0.9999 validate_original_weights: False every_n_steps: 1 cpu_offload: False

EMA feature can be enabled by setting exp_manager.ema.enable=True.


optim: name: fused_adam lr: 0.0001 eps: 1e-8 betas: [ 0.9, 0.999 ] weight_decay: 0.01 sched: name: WarmupPolicy warmup_steps: 10000 warmup_ratio: null

By default we use fused_adam as the optimizer, refer to NeMo user guide for all supported optimizers. Learning rate scheduler can be specified in optim.sched section.

Each configuration file should describe the model architecture being used for the experiment.

Here is the list of the parameters in the model section which are shared among most of the MM Text2Img models:




micro_batch_size int micro batch size that fits on each GPU
global_batch_size int global batch size that takes consideration of gradient accumulation, data parallelism
inductor bool enable TorchInductor optimization
channels_last bool enable NHWC training format
seed int seed used in training
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