Supported PEFT Methods

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NeMo supports the following PFET tuning methods

  1. Adapters (Canonical): Parameter-Efficient Transfer Learning for NLP

    • Adapters (Houlsby setup) is one of the first PEFT methods applied to NLP. Adapter tuning is more efficient than full fine-tuning because the base model weights are frozen, while only a small number of adapter module weights are updated. In this method, two linear layers with a bottleneck and a non-linear activation are inserted into each transformer layer via a residual connection. In each case, the output linear layer is initialized to 0 to ensure that an untrained adapter does not affect the normal forward pass of the transformer layer.

    • In NeMo, you can customize the adapter bottleneck dimension, adapter dropout amount, as well as the type and position of normalization layer.

  2. LoRA: LoRA: Low-Rank Adaptation of Large Language Models

    • LoRA makes fine-tuning efficient by representing weight updates with two low rank decomposition matrices. The original model weights remain frozen, while the low rank decomposition matrices are updated to adapt to the new data, so the number of trainable parameters is kept low. In contrast with adapters, the original model weights and adapted weights can be combined during inference, avoiding any architectural change or additional latency in the model at inference time.

    • In NeMo, you can customize the adapter bottleneck dimension and the target modules to apply LoRA. LoRA can be applied to any linear layer. In a transformer model, this includes 1) Q, K, V attention projections, 2) attention output layer, and 3) either or both of the two transformer MLP layers. For QKV, NeMo’s attention implementation fuses QKV into a single projection, so our LoRA implementation learns a single Low-Rank projection for QKV combined.

  3. IA3: Few-Shot Parameter-Efficient Fine-Tuning is Better and Cheaper than In-Context Learning

    • IA3 makes fine-tuning efficient by rescaling activations with learned vectors. The rescaling layers are injected in the attention (for key and value) and feedforward modules in the base model. Similar to other PEFT methods, only the rescaling vectors are updated during fine-tuning to adapt to the new data so the number of updated parameters is low. However, since rescaling vectors are much smaller than low rank matrices (LoRA) and bottleneck layers (Adapters), IA3 cuts down the number of trainable parameters further by an order of magnitude. The learning rescaling vectors can also be merged with the base weights, leading to no architectural change and no additional latency at inference time.

    • There is no hyperparameter to tune for the IA3 adapter.

  4. P-Tuning: GPT Understands, Too

    • P-tuning is an example of the prompt learning family of methods, in which trainable virtual tokens are inserted into the model input prompt to induce it to perform a task. Virtual tokens (also called “continuous” or “soft” tokens) are embeddings that have no concrete mapping to strings or characters within the model’s vocabulary. They are simply 1D vectors that match the dimensionality of real tokens which make up the model’s vocabulary.

    • In p-tuning, an intermediate MLP model is used to generate virtual token embeddings. We refer to this intermediate model as our prompt_encoder. The prompt encoder parameters are randomly initialized at the start of p-tuning. All base model parameters are frozen, and only the prompt encoder weights are updated at each training step.

    • In Nemo, you can customize the number of virtual tokens, as well as the embedding and MLP bottleneck dimensions.

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