Augmented Random Search for Multi-Objective Bayesian Optimization of Neural Networks

Mark Deutel, Georgios Kontes, Christopher Mutschler, Jürgen Teich

Deploying Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) on tiny devices is a common trend to process the increasing amount of sensor data being generated. Multi-objective optimization approaches can be used to compress DNNs by applying network pruning and weight quantization to minimize the memory footprint (RAM), the number of parameters (ROM) and the number of floating point operations (FLOPs) while maintaining the predictive accuracy. In this paper, we show that existing multi-objective Bayesian optimization (MOBOpt) approaches can fall short in finding optimal candidates on the Pareto front and propose a novel solver based on an ensemble of competing parametric policies trained using an Augmented Random Search Reinforcement Learning (RL) agent. Our methodology aims at finding feasible tradeoffs between a DNN's predictive accuracy, memory consumption on a given target system, and computational complexity. Our experiments show that we outperform existing MOBOpt approaches consistently on different data sets and architectures such as ResNet-18 and MobileNetV3.

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