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Intel Corporation Machine Learning Benchmarks

Plaidbench measures the performance of machine-learning networks.

Plaidbench supports:

  • Benchmarking across various frontends (the packages that provide ways to represent ML networks)

  • Benchmarking across various backends (the packages used by the frontends to actually run the network).

Plaidbench was created to quantify the performance of PlaidML relative to other frameworks' backends across a variety of hardware, and to help determine which networks provide acceptable performance in various application deployment scenarios.

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To get the basic framework and command-line interface:

pip install plaidbench

If you know which ML frontends you'll want to use, you can install their pre-requisites ahead of time:

pip install plaidbench[keras]
pip install plaidbench[onnx]

You can also install various ML backends -- for example,

pip install plaidml-keras
pip install tensorflow
pip install caffe2
pip install onnx-plaidml
pip install onnx-tf

If you don't have a particular package installed, and you run benchmarks that require the package, Plaidbench will try to determine what needs to be installed and tell you how to install it.

If you're using PlaidML as a backend, you'll want to run plaidml-setup to configure it correctly for your hardware.


Plaidbench provides a simple command-line interface; global flags are provided immediately, and subcommands are used to select the frontend framework and to provide framework-specific options.

For example, to benchmark ShuffleNet on ONNX using PlaidML, writing results to the directory ~/shuffle_results, you can run:

plaidbench --result ~/shuffle_results onnx --plaid shufflenet

For a complete overview of the supported global flags, use plaidbench --help; for the individual subcommand flags, specify --help with the subcommand (e.g. plaidbench keras --help).

Supported Configurations

Plaidbench supports:

  • Keras

    • Backends: PlaidML and Tensorflow

    • Networks: Inception-V3, ResNet50, Vgg16, Vgg19, Xception, and (in Keras 2.0.6 and later) MobileNet.

    • Training vs. Inference performance, and fp16 vs. fp32 performance.

  • ONNX

    • Backends: PlaidML, Caffe2, and Tensorflow

    • Networks: AlexNet, DenseNet, Inception-V1, Inception-V2, Resnet50, ShuffleNet, SqueezeNet, Vgg16, and Vgg19.


Benchmarking Keras application network performance




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