PyTorch: An Imperative Style, High-Performance Deep Learning Library

Paszke, Adam, Gross, Sam, Massa, Francisco, Lerer, Adam, Bradbury, James, Chanan, Gregory, Killeen, Trevor, Lin, Zeming, Gimelshein, Natalia, Antiga, Luca, Desmaison, Alban, Kopf, Andreas, Yang, Edward, DeVito, Zachary, Raison, Martin, Tejani, Alykhan, Chilamkurthy, Sasank, Steiner, Benoit, Fang, Lu, Bai, Junjie, Chintala, Soumith

Neural Information Processing Systems 

Deep learning frameworks have often focused on either usability or speed, but not both. PyTorch is a machine learning library that shows that these two goals are in fact compatible: it was designed from first principles to support an imperative and Pythonic programming style that supports code as a model, makes debugging easy and is consistent with other popular scientific computing libraries, while remaining efficient and supporting hardware accelerators such as GPUs. In this paper, we detail the principles that drove the implementation of PyTorch and how they are reflected in its architecture. We emphasize that every aspect of PyTorch is a regular Python program under the full control of its user. We also explain how the careful and pragmatic implementation of the key components of its runtime enables them to work together to achieve compelling performance.