New software release: Poplar SDK 2.4 now available

21 December 2021

We are pleased to announce the release of Poplar SDK 2.4 which is now available to download from our support portal and Docker Hub.

 

This is the culmination of a very successful year of software releases, optimisations and new ecosystem partnerships demonstrating continued progress, software maturity, ease-of-use, scale-out capabilities and high-performing benchmarks as demonstrated by our reference applications and MLPerf submissions.

 

New Features in Poplar SDK 2.4

 

The new release provides a host of improvements to further enhance ease-of-use, performance and help developers run their machine learning models even faster, as well as code for new applications added to our public examples on GitHub.

  • New public examples, including ViT, UNet, GPT, RNN-T, FastSpeech2 and TGN
  •  Compilation time optimisations
  • Dynamic configuration of gradient accumulation count at runtime in TensorFlow
  • IPU TensorFlow Addons package
  • PopRun/PopDist for Distributed TensorFlow 2 (Preview): easy-to-use, distributed multi-host scale-out support
  • Overlapping I/O and compute for PopART & PyTorch
  • Enhanced IPU utilisation reporting for PopVision System Analyser
  • Full support for Debian 10.7 
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