Wavelet scattering transforms in Python with GPU acceleration
Kymatio: Wavelet scattering in PyTorch
Kymatio is an implementation of the wavelet scattering transform in the Python programming language, suitable for large-scale numerical experiments in signal processing and machine learning. Scattering transforms are translation-invariant signal representations implemented as convolutional networks whose filters are not learned, but fixed (as wavelet filters).
Use Kymatio if you need a library that:
- supports 1-D, 2-D, and 3-D wavelets,
- integrates wavelet scattering in a deep learning architecture, and
- runs seamlessly on CPU and GPU hardware.
The Kymatio organization associates the developers of several pre-existing packages for wavelet scattering, including
The resort to PyTorch tensors as inputs to Kymatio allows the programmer to backpropagate the gradient of wavelet scattering coefficients, thus integrating them within an end-to-end trainable pipeline, such as a deep neural network.
Each of these algorithms is written in a high-level imperative paradigm, making it portable to any Python library for array operations as long as it enables complex-valued linear algebra and a fast Fourier transform (FFT).
Currently, there are two available backends, PyTorch (CPU and GPU) and scikit-cuda (GPU only).
Kymatio integrates the construction of wavelet filter banks in 1D, 2D, and 3D, as well as memory-efficient algorithms for extracting wavelet scattering coefficients, under a common application programming interface.
Running Kymatio on a graphics processing unit (GPU) rather than a multi-core conventional computer processing unit (CPU) allows for significant speedups in computing the scattering transform. The current speedup with respect to CPU-based MATLAB code is of the order of 10 in 1D and 3D and of the order of 100 in 2D.
We refer to our official benchmarks for further details.
How to cite
If you use this package, please cite the following paper:
Andreux M., Angles T., Exarchakis G., Leonarduzzi R., Rochette G., Thiry L., Zarka J., Mallat S., Andén J., Belilovsky E., Bruna J., Lostanlen V., Hirn M. J., Oyallon E., Zhang S., Cella C., Eickenberg M (2019). Kymatio: Scattering Transforms in Python. arXiv preprint arXiv:1812.11214. [paper]
- Python (>= 3.5)
- PyTorch (>= 0.4)
- SciPy (>= 0.13)
Standard installation (on CPU hardware)
We strongly recommend running Kymatio in an Anaconda environment, because this simplifies the installation of PyTorch. This is most easily achieved by running
conda install pytorch torchvision -c pytorch
Once PyTorch is installed, you may install the latest version of Kymatio using the package manager
pip, which will automatically download Kymatio from the Python Package Index (PyPI):
pip install kymatio
Linux and macOS are the two officially supported operating systems.
To run Kymatio on a graphics processing unit (GPU), you can either use the PyTorch-style
cuda() method to move your object to GPU. For extra speed, install the CUDA library and install the
scikit-cuda dependency by running the following pip command:
pip install scikit-cuda cupy
Then, set the
os.environ["KYMATIO_BACKEND"] = "skcuda"
Available backends: PyTorch and scikit-cuda
Kymatio is designed to operate on a variety of backends for tensor operations.
The user may control the choice of backend at runtime by setting the environment variable
KYMATIO_BACKEND, or by editing the Kymatio configuration file (
~/.config/kymatio/kymatio.cfg on Linux).
The two available backends are PyTorch (
torch) and scikit-cuda (
PyTorch is the default backend in 1D, 2D, and 3D scattering. For applications of the 2D scattering transform to large images (e.g. ImageNet, of size 224x224), however, we recommend the scikit-cuda backend, which is substantially faster than PyTorch.
Installation from source
Assuming PyTorch is already installed (see above) and the Kymatio source has been downloaded, you may install it by running
pip install -r requirements.txt python setup.py install
The documentation of Kymatio is officially hosted on the kymat.io website.
Building the documentation from source
The documentation can also be found in the
doc/ subfolder of the GitHub repository.
To build the documentation locally, please clone this repository and run
pip install -r requirements_optional.txt cd doc; make clean; make html
Kyma (κύμα) means wave in Greek. By the same token, Kymatio (κυμάτιο) means wavelet.
Note that the organization and the library are capitalized (Kymatio) whereas the corresponding Python module is written in lowercase (
The recommended pronunciation for Kymatio is kim-ah-tio. In other words, it rhymes with patio, not with ratio.
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