Special considerations for CV dataloaders#
Adding support for using worker_cache with a new dataloader#
ML Training is often bottenecked at the dataloader stage. In the Cerebras Wafer-Scale Cluster, in order to improve dataloading speeds, we can avoid network dataset streaming via the
create_worker_cache function. This enables caching of a dataset to local SSD, which has significantly faster read speeds versus network.
To enable worker_cache for a new dataloader, we need to ensure that data directory is added to the worker_cache
on the worker node. The utility function:
create_worker_cache allows users to cache the directory
on the worker node. It looks at the src directory, and caches this directory on the worker_cache
if it doesn’t exist and there is enough space on the cache (shouldn’t exceed 80% after the directory is cached). It returns the path to the directory on the worker_cache.
Users just need to replace the returned dir with the original data_dir in the dataloader.
NOTE: create_worker_cache will work only in appliance mode and should be called
only for the worker task.
cm.is_streamer APIs can be used to check
for appliance mode and if we are calling it for a worker task respectively.
Below is an example of adding worker cache support for
The above snippet calls
create_worker_cache on the VisionDataset’s
self.root and overwrites it:
1. if use_worker_cache is True (controlled by the yaml config),
2. and dataloader is being called by a worker task (determined with
self.root (containing the SSD path) will be used by the dataloader.