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BilevelPruning: Unified Dynamic and Static Channel Pruning for Convolutional Neural Networks

Shangqian Gao · Yanfu Zhang · Feihu Huang · Heng Huang

Arch 4A-E Poster #142
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Thu 20 Jun 5 p.m. PDT — 6:30 p.m. PDT


Most existing dynamic or runtime channel pruning methods have to store all weights to achieve efficient inference, which brings extra storage costs. Static pruning methods can reduce storage costs directly, but their performance is limited by using a fixed sub-network to approximate the original model. Most existing pruning works suffer from these drawbacks because they were designed to only conduct either static or dynamic pruning. In this paper, we propose a novel method to solve both efficiency and storage challenges via simultaneously conducting dynamic and static channel pruning for convolutional neural networks. We propose a new bi-level optimization based model to naturally integrate the static and dynamic channel pruning. By doing so, our method enjoys benefits from both sides, and the disadvantages of dynamic and static pruning are reduced. After pruning, we permanently remove redundant parameters and then finetune the model with dynamic flexibility. Experimental results on CIFAR-10 and ImageNet datasets suggest that our method can achieve state-of-the-art performance compared to existing dynamic and static channel pruning methods.

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