MobileBERT: BERT for Resource-Limited Devices

guest_blog 28 Jul, 2020
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The MobileBERT architectures

MobileBERT : Architecture

Architecture visualization of transformer blocks within (a) BERT, (b) MobileBERT teacher, and (c) MobileBERT student. The green trapezoids marked with “Linear” are referred to as bottlenecks. Source



Multi-Head Attention

MobileBERT : Multi-head Attention

Stacked FFN

Operational optimizations

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NoNorm equation to replace batch normalization operation in the transformer blocks. The “dot” denotes Hadamara product — element-wise multiplication between the two vectors

The motivation of teacher and student size

Proposed knowledge distillation objectives

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Feature map transfer objective function. T is the sequence length, N the feature map size, and l the layer index.

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Attention map transfer objective function. T is the sequence length, A the number of attention heads, and l the layer index.

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Knowledge transfer techniques. (a) Auxiliary knowledge transfer, (b) joint knowledge transfer, (c) progressive knowledge transfer. Source

Experimental results

MobileBERT : Experimental results on the GLUE benchmark

Experimental results on the GLUE benchmark. Source

It’s, therefore, safe to conclude that it’s possible to create a distilled model which both can be performant and fast on resource-limited devices!

It’s been fine-tuned by itself on GLUE which proves that it’s possible to create a task agnostic model through the proposed distillation process!


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About the Author

Author Viktor Karlsson – Software Engineer

I am a Software Engineer and MSc of Machine Learning with a growing interest in NLP. Trying to stay on top of recent developments within the ML field in general, and NLP in particular. Writing to learn!

guest_blog 28 Jul, 2020

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