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Optimizing compiler for evaluating mathematical expressions on CPUs and GPUs.

Project description

Theano is a Python library that allows you to define, optimize, and efficiently evaluate mathematical expressions involving multi-dimensional arrays. It is built on top of NumPy_. Theano features:

* **tight integration with NumPy:** a similar interface to NumPy's. numpy.ndarrays are also used internally in Theano-compiled functions.
* **transparent use of a GPU:** perform data-intensive computations up to 140x faster than on a CPU (support for float32 only).
* **efficient symbolic differentiation:** Theano can compute derivatives for functions of one or many inputs.
* **speed and stability optimizations:** avoid nasty bugs when computing expressions such as log(1+ exp(x) ) for large values of x.
* **dynamic C code generation:** evaluate expressions faster.
* **extensive unit-testing and self-verification:** includes tools for detecting and diagnosing bugs and/or potential problems.

Theano has been powering large-scale computationally intensive scientific
research since 2007, but it is also approachable enough to be used in the
classroom (IFT6266 at the University of Montreal).

.. _NumPy: http://numpy.scipy.org/


Modifications in the trunk since the last release

Partial of what is in trunk since the last release
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Deprecation:
* tag.shape attribute deprecated (#633)
* FAST_RUN_NOGC mode deprecated
* CudaNdarray_new_null is deprecated in favour of CudaNdarray_New

Bugs fixed:
* Bugfix in CudaNdarray.__iadd__. When it is not implemented, return the error.
* Typo fixed in tensor/opt.py
* THEANO_FLAGS='optimizer=None' now works as expected
* Fixed memory leak in error handling on GPU-to-host copy
* Fix relating specifically to Python 2.7 on Mac OS X
* infer_shape can now handle Python longs
* Fixed behaviour of pydotprint's max_label_size option

Crash fixed:
* Work around a bug in gcc 4.3.0 that make the compilation of 2d convolution
crash.

Optimization:
* Optimize 4 pattern of subtensor followed by subtensor.
* Gemm inplace optimization on the GPU re-enabled

GPU:
* Move to the gpu fused elemwise that have other dtype then float32 in them
(except float64) if the input and output are float32.
* This allow to move elemwise comparisons to the GPU if we cast it to
float32 after that.
* Implemented CudaNdarray.ndim to have the same interface in ndarray.
* Fixed slowdown caused by multiple chained views on CudaNdarray objects
* CudaNdarray_alloc_contiguous changed so as to never try to free
memory on a view: new "base" property
* Safer decref behaviour in CudaNdarray in case of failed allocations
* New GPU implementation of tensor.basic.outer

New features:
* ProfileMode
* profile the scan overhead
* simple hook system to add profiler
* reordered the output to be in the order of more general to more specific
* var[vector of index] now work, (grad work recursively, the direct grad
work inplace, gpu work)
* limitation: work only of the outer most dimensions.
* test_value implementation to allow quick debugging at graph creation time
* cuda.root inferred if nvcc is on the path, otherwise defaults to
/usr/local/cuda
* Better graph printing for graphs involving a scan subgraph
*

Documentation:
* Better commenting of cuda_ndarray.cu
* Fixes in the scan documentation: add missing declarations/print statements
* Better error message on failed __getitem__
* Updated documentation on profile mode

Unit tests:
* More strict float comparaison by default
* Reuse test for subtensor of tensor for gpu tensor(more gpu test)
* Tests that check for aliased function inputs and assure appropriate copying
(#374)
* Better test of copies in CudaNdarray
* New tests relating to the new base pointer requirements

Other:
* ?? a bug?? Correctly put the broadcast flag to True in the output var of
a Rehapse op when we receive an int 1 in the new shape.
* pydotprint: high contrast mode is now the default
* More compact printing (ignore leading "Composite" in op names)

(To be continued...)

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