Hello SambaFlow! Compile and run a model

Welcome! In this tutorial, you learn how to compile and run a logreg.py example model. We use a classic machine learning problem of recognizing hand-written digits.

In this tutorial you:

  1. Ensure that your environment is ready to compile and run models.

  2. Compile the model to run on the RDU architecture. Compilation generates a PEF file.

  3. Do a training run of the model, passing in the generated PEF file.

We discuss the code for this model in Examine logreg model code.

Prepare your environment

To prepare your environment, you ensure that the SambaFlow package is installed.

Check your SambaFlow installation

You must have the sambaflow package installed to run this example and any of the tutorial examples.

  1. To check if the package is installed, run this command:

    • For Ubuntu Linux

      $ dpkg -s sambaflow
    • For Red Hat Enterprise Linux

      $ rpm -qi sambaflow
  2. Examine the output and verify that the SambaFlow version that you are running matches the documentation you are using.

  3. If you see a message that sambaflow is not installed, contact your system administrator.

Download the model code

Before you start, clone the SambaNova/tutorials GitHub repository, as instructed in the README.

After a SambaFlow upgrade, you might have to clone the repository again if your model no longer works.

Create your own directory

SambaNova recommends that you create your own directory inside your home directory for the tutorial code:

  1. Log in to your SambaNova environment.

  2. Create a directory for the tutorials, and a subdirectory for logreg.

    $ mkdir $HOME/tutorials
    $ mkdir $HOME/tutorials/logreg

Compile and run your first model

This Hello SambaFlow! example uses the classic machine learning problem of recognizing the hand-written digits in the MNIST dataset.

Look at supported options

Each example and each model has its own set of supported options.

To see all arguments for the logreg model, change to the directory you created earlier and look at the --help output:

$ cd $HOME/tutorials/logreg
$ python logreg.py --help

The output looks similar to the following, and shows that you can compile and run this model.

usage: logreg.py [-h] {compile,run,test,measure-performance} ...

positional arguments:
                        different modes of operation

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
The test and measure-performance options are primarily used internally or when working with SambaNova Support.

You can drill down and run each command with --help to see options at that level. For example, run the following command to see options for run:

$ python logreg.py run --help
In most cases, using the defaults for the optional arguments is best. In Useful arguments for logreg.py we list a few commonly used arguments.

Prepare data

This tutorial downloads train and test datasets from the internet, so there’s no separate step for preparing data.

If your system does not have access to the internet, download the data to a system that has access and make the files available. See Download model data (Optional).

Compile logreg

When you compile the model, the compiler generates a PEF file that is suitable for running on the RDU architecture. You later pass in that file when you do a training run.

  1. Start in the tutorials/logreg directory that you created in Create your own directory.

    $ cd $HOME/tutorials/logreg
  2. Run the compilation step, passing in the name of the PEF file to be generated. You will later pass in that file when you do a training run.

    $ python logreg.py compile --pef-name="logreg"
  3. The compiler runs the model and displays progress messages and warnings on screen.

    • You can safely ignore all info and warning messages.

    • If a message says warning samba it might indicate a problem with your code.

    • For some background, see SambaNova messages and logs.

  4. When the command returns to the prompt, look for this output, shown toward the end:

    • Compilation succeeded for partition_X_X shows you that compilation succeeded.

    • Logs are generated in …​ shows where the log files are located.

  5. Verify that the PEF file was generated:

    $ ls -lh ./out/logreg/logreg.pef

    The generated PEF file contains all information that the system needs to do a training run of the model.

Start a logreg training run

When you do a training run, the application uploads the PEF file onto the chip and trains the model with the specified dataset. This example uses the MNIST dataset. The example code downloads the data set automatically.

If your system is disconnected from the Internet you have to manually download the dataset to a system with Internet access and copy the dataset to the system you are running the models on. See Download model data (Optional).
  1. Start a training run of the model with the PEF file that you generated. Use -e to specify the number of epochs (default is 1).

    $ python $HOME/sambaflow-apps/starters/logreg/logreg.py run --num-epochs 2 --pef=out/logreg/logreg.pef

    Even one epoch would be enough to train this simple model, but we use --num-epochs to see if loss decreases in the second run. The run command:

    • Downloads the model data.

    • Returns output that includes the following:

      2023-01-25T15:14:06 : [INFO][LIB][1421606]: sn_create_session: PEF File: out/logreg/logreg.pef
      Log ID initialized to: [snuser1][python][1421606] at /var/log/sambaflow/runtime/sn.log
      Epoch [1/2], Step [10000/60000], Loss: 0.4634
      Epoch [1/2], Step [20000/60000], Loss: 0.4085
      Epoch [1/2], Step [30000/60000], Loss: 0.3860
      Epoch [1/2], Step [40000/60000], Loss: 0.3702
      Epoch [1/2], Step [50000/60000], Loss: 0.3633
      Epoch [1/2], Step [60000/60000], Loss: 0.3555
      Test Accuracy: 91.54  Loss: 0.3012
      Epoch [2/2], Step [10000/60000], Loss: 0.2861
      Epoch [2/2], Step [20000/60000], Loss: 0.3065
      Epoch [2/2], Step [30000/60000], Loss: 0.3080
      Epoch [2/2], Step [40000/60000], Loss: 0.3084
      Epoch [2/2], Step [50000/60000], Loss: 0.3076
      Epoch [2/2], Step [60000/60000], Loss: 0.3061
      Test Accuracy: 91.54  Loss: 0.3001

Congratulations! You have run your first model on the SambaNova system! The output shows that the training run is successful and has a very low loss percentage, which decreases over time.

Useful arguments for logreg.py

Each of the example model commands has several arguments. In most cases, the default gives good results.

Arguments for compile

For a list of compile arguments for use with logreg.py, run this command:

$ python $HOME/tutorials/logreg/logreg.py compile --help

The command returns a full list of arguments. Here are some useful arguments:

  • --pef-name — Name of the output file, which has the information for running the model on RDU.

  • --n-chips, --num-tiles — Number of chips you want to use (from 1 to 8) and the number of tiles on the chip (1, 2, or 4). Default is 1 chip (4 tiles).

  • --num-features — Number of input features (for this model the default is 784)

  • --num-classes — Number of output labels (for this model the default is 10)

Arguments for run

For a list of run arguments for use with logreg.py, run this command:

$ python $HOME/tutorials/logreg/logreg.py run --help

The command returns a full list of arguments. Here are some important arguments:

  • -p PEF The only required argument. A PEF file that was the output from a compile.

  • -b BATCH_SIZE, --batch-size BATCH_SIZE — How many samples to put in one batch.

  • -e, --num-epochs — How many epochs to run with the model.

  • --num-features, --num-classes — Input features and output classes for the model.

  • --lr — Learning rate parameter. Decimal fraction between 0 and 1.

Learn more!

Download model data (Optional)

Only users without internet access perform this task. By default, the application code downloads model data.

If you run the example on a system that is not connected to the internet, you have to download the model data from a connected system and copy the data to the system where you want to run the model.

  1. On a connected system run:

    $ mkdir -p /tmp/data/MNIST/raw
    $ cd /tmp/data/MNIST/raw
    $ wget http://yann.lecun.com/exdb/mnist/train-images-idx3-ubyte.gz
    $ wget http://yann.lecun.com/exdb/mnist/train-labels-idx1-ubyte.gz
    $ wget http://yann.lecun.com/exdb/mnist/t10k-images-idx3-ubyte.gz
    $ wget http://yann.lecun.com/exdb/mnist/t10k-labels-idx1-ubyte.gz
  2. Copy the four .gz files to the DataScale system and place them in the directory /tmp/data/MNIST/raw.

  3. When you later use the compile and the run command, add the --data-folder=/tmp/data argument.