jackweiwang / TNN

TNN: developed by Tencent Youtu Lab and Guangying Lab, a lightweight and high-performance deep learning framework for mobile inference. TNN is distinguished by several outstanding features, including its cross-platform capability, high performance, model compression and code pruning. Based on ncnn and Rapidnet, TNN further strengthens the support and performance optimization for mobile devices, and also draws on the advantages of good extensibility and high performance from existed open source efforts. TNN has been deployed in multiple Apps from Tencent, such as Mobile QQ, Weishi, Pitu, etc. Contributions are welcome to work in collaborative with us and make TNN a better framework. TNN:由腾讯优图实验室和光影实验室协同打造,移动端高性能、轻量级推理框架,同时拥有跨平台、高性能、模型压缩、代码裁剪等众多突出优势。TNN框架在原有Rapidnet、ncnn框架的基础上进一步加强了移动端设备的支持以及性能优化,同时也借鉴了业界主流开源框架高性能和良好拓展性的优点。目前TNN已经在手Q、微视、P图等应用中落地,欢迎大家参与协同共建,促进TNN推理框架进一步完善。

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Introduction

TNN: A high-performance, lightweight neural network inference framework open sourced by Tencent Youtu Lab. It also has many outstanding advantages such as cross-platform, high performance, model compression, and code tailoring. The TNN framework further strengthens the support and performance optimization of mobile devices on the basis of the original Rapidnet and ncnn frameworks. At the same time, it refers to the high performance and good scalability characteristics of the industry's mainstream open source frameworks, and expands the support for X86 and NV GPUs. On the mobile phone, TNN has been used by many applications such as mobile QQ, weishi, and Pitu. As a basic acceleration framework for Tencent Cloud AI, TNN has provided acceleration support for the implementation of many businesses. Everyone is welcome to participate in the collaborative construction to promote the further improvement of the TNN reasoning framework.

Effect Example

Face Detection(blazeface) Object Detection(yolov5s) Face Alignment
(from Tencent Youtu Lab)
Hair Segmentation
(from Tencent Guangying Lab)
face_detection
model link: tflite tnn
yolov5
model link: onnx tnn
youtu_face_alignment
model link: tnn
hair_segmentation
model link: tnn
Pose Estimation
(from Tencent Guangliu)
Pose Estimation
(blazepose)
Chinese OCR Reading Comprehension
skeleton
model link: tnn
blazepose
model link: tflite tnn
chinese-ocr
model link: onnx tnn
bertsquad10
model link: onnx tnn

Chinese OCR demo is the TNN implementation of chineseocr_lite project. It is lightweight and supports tilted, rotated and vertical text recognition.

The support for each demo is shown in the following table. You can click the and find the entrance code for each demo.

demo ARM OpenCL Metal NPU X86 CUDA
Face Detection
Object Detection
Face Alignment
Hair Segmentation
Pose Estimation
(from Tencent Guangliu)
Pose Estimation(blazepose)
Chinese OCR
Reading Comprehension

Quick Start

It is very simple to use TNN. If you have a trained model, the model can be deployed on the target platform through three steps.

  1. Convert the trained model into a TNN model. We provide a wealth of tools to help you complete this step, whether you are using Tensorflow, Pytorch, or Caffe, you can easily complete the conversion. Detailed hands-on tutorials can be found here How to Create a TNN Model.

  2. When you have finished converting the model, the second step is to compile the TNN engine of the target platform. You can choose among different acceleration solutions such as ARM/OpenCL/Metal/NPU/X86/CUDA according to the hardware support. For these platforms, TNN provides convenient one-click scripts to compile. For detailed steps, please refer to How to Compile TNN.

  3. The final step is to use the compiled TNN engine for inference. You can make program calls to TNN inside your application. We provide a rich and detailed demo as a reference to help you complete.

Technical Solutions

At present, TNN has been launched in various major businesses, and its following characteristics have been widely praised.

  • Computation optimization

    • The backend operators are primely optimized to make the best use of computing power in different architectures, regarding instruction issue, throughput, delay, cache bandwidth, cache delay, registers, etc..
    • The TNN performance on mainstream hardware platforms (CPU: ARMv7, ARMv8, X86, GPU: Mali, Adreno, Apple, NV GPU, NPU) has been greatly tuned and improved.
    • The convolution function is implemented by various algorithms such as Winograd, Tile-GEMM, Direct Conv, etc., to ensure efficiency under different parameters and sizes.
    • Op fusion: TNN can do offline analysis of network graph, fuse multiple simple operations and reduce overhead such as redundant memory access and kernel startup cost.
  • Low precision computation acceleration

    • TNN supports INT8/FP16 mode, reduces model size & memory consumption, and utilizes specific hardware low-precision instructions to accelerate calculations.
    • TNN supports INT8 WINOGRAD algorithm, (input 6bit), further reduces the model calculation complexity without sacrificing the accuracy.
    • TNN supports mixed-precision data in one model, speeding up the model's calculation speed while preserving its accuracy.
  • Memory optimization

    • Efficient "memory pool" implementation: Based on a full network DAG analysis, the implementation reuses memory between non-dependent nodes which reduces memory cost by 90%.
    • Cross-model memory reduces: This supports external real-time design for network memory so that multiple models can share mutual memory.
  • The performance of mainstream models on TNN: benchmark data

  • TNN architecture diagram:

  • TNN supports TensorFlow, Pytorch, MxNet, Caffe, and other training frameworks through ONNX, leveraging the continuous improvement of the ONNX open-source society. Currently, TNN supports 100+ ONNX operators, consisting of most of the mainstream CNN, NLP operators needed.

  • TNN runs on mainstream operating systems (Android, iOS, embedded Linux, Windows, Linux), and is compatible with ARM CPU,X86 GPU, NPU hardware platform.

  • TNN is constructed through Modular Design, which abstracts and isolates components such as model analysis, graph construction, graph optimization, low-level hardware adaptation, and high-performance kernel. It uses "Factory Mode" to register and build devices, that tries to minimize the cost of supporting more hardware and acceleration solutions.

  • The size of the mobile dynamic library is only around 400KB, and it provides basic image conversion operations, which are light-weight and convenient. TNN uses unified models and interfaces across platforms and can switch easily by configuring just one single parameter.

Learn About TNN Abilities

Manual

API Document

Contribute to TNN

Roadmap

Acknowledgement

TNN referenced the following projects:

License

FAQ

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  • Everyone is welcome to participate to build the best inference framework in the industry.

  • Technical Discussion QQ Group: 913940506 Answer: TNN

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About

TNN: developed by Tencent Youtu Lab and Guangying Lab, a lightweight and high-performance deep learning framework for mobile inference. TNN is distinguished by several outstanding features, including its cross-platform capability, high performance, model compression and code pruning. Based on ncnn and Rapidnet, TNN further strengthens the support and performance optimization for mobile devices, and also draws on the advantages of good extensibility and high performance from existed open source efforts. TNN has been deployed in multiple Apps from Tencent, such as Mobile QQ, Weishi, Pitu, etc. Contributions are welcome to work in collaborative with us and make TNN a better framework. TNN:由腾讯优图实验室和光影实验室协同打造,移动端高性能、轻量级推理框架,同时拥有跨平台、高性能、模型压缩、代码裁剪等众多突出优势。TNN框架在原有Rapidnet、ncnn框架的基础上进一步加强了移动端设备的支持以及性能优化,同时也借鉴了业界主流开源框架高性能和良好拓展性的优点。目前TNN已经在手Q、微视、P图等应用中落地,欢迎大家参与协同共建,促进TNN推理框架进一步完善。

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