Multi-Granularity Pruning for Model Acceleration on Mobile Devices

Tianli Zhao, Xi Sheryl Zhang, Wentao Zhu, Jiaxing Wang, Sen Yang, Ji Liu, Jian Cheng ;


"For practical deep neural network design on mobile devices, it is essential to consider the constraints incurred by the computational resources and the inference latency in various applications. Among deep network acceleration approaches, pruning is a widely adopted practice to balance the computational resource consumption and the accuracy, where unimportant connections can be removed either channel-wisely or randomly with a minimal impact on model accuracy. The coarse-grained channel pruning instantly results in a significant latency reduction, while the fine-grained weight pruning is more flexible to retain accuracy. In this paper, we present a unified framework for the Joint Channel pruning and Weight pruning, named JCW, which achieves an optimal pruning proportion between channel and weight pruning. To fully optimize the trade-off between latency and accuracy, we further develop a tailored multi-objective evolutionary algorithm in the JCW framework, which enables one single round search to obtain the optimal candidate architectures for various deployment requirements. Extensive experiments demonstrate that the JCW achieves a better trade-off between the latency and accuracy against previous state-of-the-art pruning methods on the ImageNet classification dataset."

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