[Numpy-discussion] Theano 0.4.1 released

Frédéric Bastien nouiz@nouiz....
Fri Aug 12 15:06:49 CDT 2011

 Announcing Theano 0.4.1

This is an important release, with lots of new features, bug
fixes and some deprecation warning.  The upgrade is recommended for everybody.

For those using the bleeding edge version in the
mercurial repository, we encourage you to update to the `0.4.1` tag.

What's New

New features:

 * `R_op <http://deeplearning.net/software/theano/tutorial/gradients.html>`_
macro like theano.tensor.grad
   * Not all tests are done yet (TODO)
 * Added alias theano.tensor.bitwise_{and,or,xor,not}. They are the numpy names.
 * Updates returned by Scan (you need to pass them to the
theano.function) are now a new Updates class.
   That allow more check and easier work with them. The Updates class
is a subclass of dict
 * Scan can now work in a "do while" loop style.
   * We scan until a condition is met.
   * There is a minimum of 1 iteration(can't do "while do" style loop)
 * The "Interactive Debugger" (compute_test_value theano flags)
   * Now should work with all ops (even the one with only C code)
   * In the past some errors were caught and re-raised as unrelated
errors (ShapeMismatch replaced with NotImplemented). We don't do that
 * The new Op.make_thunk function(introduced in 0.4.0) is now used by
constant_folding and DebugMode
 * Added A_TENSOR_VARIABLE.astype() as a way to cast. NumPy allows this syntax.
 * New BLAS GER implementation.
 * Insert GEMV more frequently.
 * Added new ifelse(scalar condition, rval_if_true, rval_if_false) Op.
   * This is a subset of the elemwise switch (tensor condition,
rval_if_true, rval_if_false).
   * With the new feature in the sandbox, only one of rval_if_true or
rval_if_false will be evaluated.


 * Subtensor has C code
 * {Inc,Set}Subtensor has C code
 * ScalarFromTensor has C code
 * dot(zeros,x) and dot(x,zeros)
 * IncSubtensor(x, zeros, idx) -> x
 * SetSubtensor(x, x[idx], idx) -> x (when x is a constant)
 * subtensor(alloc,...) -> alloc
 * Many new scan optimization
   * Lower scan execution overhead with a Cython implementation
   * Removed scan double compilation (by using the new Op.make_thunk mechanism)
   * Certain computations from the inner graph are now Pushed out into the outer
     graph. This means they are not re-comptued at every step of scan.
   * Different scan ops get merged now into a single op (if possible), reducing
     the overhead and sharing computations between the two instances


 * PyCUDA/CUDAMat/Gnumpy/Theano bridge and `documentation
   * New function to easily convert pycuda GPUArray object to and from
CudaNdarray object
   * Fixed a bug if you crated a view of a manually created
CudaNdarray that are view of GPUArray.
 * Removed a warning when nvcc is not available and the user did not
requested it.
 * renamed config option cuda.nvccflags -> nvcc.flags
 * Allow GpuSoftmax and GpuSoftmaxWithBias to work with bigger input.

Bugs fixed:

 * In one case an AdvancedSubtensor1 could be converted to a
GpuAdvancedIncSubtensor1 insted of GpuAdvancedSubtensor1.
   It probably didn't happen due to the order of optimizations, but
that order is not guaranteed to be the same on all computers.
 * Derivative of set_subtensor was wrong.
 * Derivative of Alloc was wrong.

Crash fixed:

 * On an unusual Python 2.4.4 on Windows
 * When using a C cache copied from another location
 * On Windows 32 bits when setting a complex64 to 0.
 * Compilation crash with CUDA 4
 * When wanting to copy the compilation cache from a computer to another
   * This can be useful for using Theano on a computer without a compiler.
 * GPU:
   * Compilation crash fixed under Ubuntu 11.04
   * Compilation crash fixed with CUDA 4.0

Know bug:

 * CAReduce with nan in inputs don't return the good output (`Ticket
   * This is used in tensor.{max,mean,prod,sum} and in the grad of
   * This is not a new bug, just a bug discovered since the last
release that we didn't had time to fix.

Deprecation (will be removed in Theano 0.5, warning generated if you use them):
 * The string mode (accepted only by theano.function()) FAST_RUN_NOGC.
Use Mode(linker='c|py_nogc') instead.
 * The string mode (accepted only by theano.function()) STABILIZE. Use
Mode(optimizer='stabilize') instead.
 * scan interface change:
   * The use of `return_steps` for specifying how many entries of the output
     scan has been depricated
     * The same thing can be done by applying a subtensor on the output
       return by scan to select a certain slice
   * The inner function (that scan receives) should return its outputs and
     updates following this order:
        [outputs], [updates], [condition]. One can skip any of the three if not
        used, but the order has to stay unchanged.
 * tensor.grad(cost, wrt) will return an object of the "same type" as wrt
   * Currently tensor.grad return a type list when the wrt is a list/tuple of
     more then 1 element.


 * MRG random generator now implements the same casting behavior as
the regular random generator.
Sandbox New features(not enabled by default):
 * New Linkers (theano flags linker={vm,cvm})
   * The new linker allows lazy evaluation of the new ifelse op,
meaning we compute only the true or false branch depending of the
condition. This can speed up some types of computation.
   * Uses a new profiling system (that currently tracks less stuff)
   * The cvm is implemented in C, so it lowers Theano's overhead.
   * The vm is implemented in python. So it can help debugging in some cases.
   * In the future, the default will be the cvm.
 * Some new not yet well tested sparse ops:
theano.sparse.sandbox.{SpSum, Diag, SquareDiagonal, ColScaleCSC,
RowScaleCSC, Remove0, EnsureSortedIndices, ConvolutionIndices}


 * How to compute the `Jacobian, Hessian, Jacobian times a vector,
Hessian times a vector
 * Slide for a 3 hours class with exercises that was done at the
HPCS2011 Conference in Montreal.


 * Logger name renamed to be consistent.
 * Logger function simplified and made more consistent.
 * Fixed transformation of error by other not related error with the
compute_test_value Theano flag.
 * Compilation cache enhancements.
 * Made compatible with NumPy 1.6 and SciPy 0.9
 * Fix tests when there was new dtype in NumPy that is not supported by Theano.
 * Fixed some tests when SciPy is not available.
 * Don't compile anything when Theano is imported. Compile support
code when we compile the first C code.
 * Python 2.4 fix:
   * Fix the file theano/misc/check_blas.py
   * For python 2.4.4 on Windows, replaced float("inf") with numpy.inf.
 * Removes useless inputs to a scan node
   * Beautification mostly, making the graph more visible. Such inputs
would appear as a consequence of other optimizations


 * there is a new mechanism that lets an Op permit that one of its
   inputs to be aliased to another destroyed input.  This will generally
   result in incorrect calculation, so it should be used with care!  The
   right way to use it is when the caller can guarantee that even if
   these two inputs look aliased, they actually will never overlap. This
   mechanism can be used, for example, by a new alternative approach to
   implementing Scan.  If an op has an attribute called
   "destroyhandler_tolerate_aliased" then this is what's going on.
   IncSubtensor is thus far the only Op to use this mechanism.Mechanism


You can download Theano from http://pypi.python.org/pypi/Theano.


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

 * 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).


About Theano:


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I would like to thank all contributors of Theano. For this particular
release, here is the people that contributed code and/or
documentation: (in alphabetical order) Frederic Bastien, James Bergstra,
Olivier Delalleau, Xavier Glorot, Ian Goodfellow, Pascal Lamblin, Grégoire
Mesnil, Razvan Pascanu, Ilya Sutskever and David Warde-Farley

Also, thank you to all NumPy and Scipy developers as Theano builds on
its strength.

All questions/comments are always welcome on the Theano
mailing-lists ( http://deeplearning.net/software/theano/ )

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