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Benchmark utility module

The bench_utils.lua module contains a useful function used by the benchmarking scripts.

Run the tests

bench_utils.run_test(params, output)

This function runs all the tests specified by params and print the results in output.

  • output should be a .md file descriptor since the output will be written as a markdown table.
  • params is a list of lua tables each containing two elements:
    • 1 contains the command line option
    • 2 contains all the values to test for this argument. It can take 3 types of values:
      • true will print the command line option with no value
      • false will print nothing relative to this option
      • other will print the command line option followed by the value

The benchmark will test all possible combination of values for all the options.

Baseline benchmark


This script launches all the tests relative to the basic nets on gtsrb. It will outputs its results to

Spatial tranformer benchmark


This script launches all the tests relative to the spatial transformer networks on the gtsrb dataset. It will output its results to


All the benchmarks are ran using only half the dataset (20 000 training samples) for 10 epochs to speedup the processing. The main baseline take 5 hours to run on a Titan X, the spatial transformer one take 48 hours on a Titan X (more than 150 different configurations tested).

Here are some insights we got from these benchmarks:

  • Using more data always leads to better performances.
  • The local and contrastive normalization are important on this dataset (very noisy initial images)
  • With our benchmark parameters, adding momentum or multi-scale does not lead to improvement
  • Use of bigger networks (depth or shape) leads to better performances (up to a certain size)
  • In all tests, adding a spatial transformer lead to an improvement in performances
  • As for the network, the bigger the localization network the better (up to a certain size)
  • For small localization network, restraining the possible transformation for the spatial transformer lead to improvement (some exceptions can be found)
  • Adding more than one st leads to mixed results (clear gain in accuracy in certain setup)