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PyTorch Developer Podcast

I'm launching a new podcast, the PyTorch Developer Podcast. The idea is to be a place for the PyTorch dev team to do bite sized (10-20 min) topics about all sorts of internal development topics in PyTorch. For now, it's just me monologuing for fifteen minutes about whatever topic I decide. The plan is to […]

  • May 5, 2021

The PyTorch open source process

PyTorch is a fairly large and active open source project, and sometimes we have people come to us and ask if there are any lessons from how we run PyTorch that they could apply to their own projects. This post is an attempt to describe some of the processes as of 2021 that help PyTorch […]

  • January 6, 2021

Let’s talk about the PyTorch dispatcher

If this is your first time reading about PyTorch internals, you might want to check out my PyTorch internals post first. In this post, I want to talk about one particular part of PyTorch's internals: the dispatcher. At a first glance, the dispatcher is just a glorified if statement: based on some information about the […]

  • September 10, 2020

A brief taxonomy of PyTorch operators by shape behavior

I've recently been working on a revamp of how we specify tensor shape formulas in PyTorch. As part of this process, I classified every single operator in PyTorch by its shaping behavior; yes, that's all 1364 of them (this includes each variant of an operator; e.g., inplace and out= keyword variants). During the process, I […]

  • May 6, 2020

vmap in Haskell

vmap is an interface popularized by JAX which offers you a vectorizing map. Semantically, a vmap is exactly equivalent to a map in Haskell; the key difference is that operations run under a vmap are vectorized. If you map a convolution and a matrix multiply, you will have one big loop which repeatedly calls convolution […]

  • January 29, 2020

PyTorch internals

This post is a long form essay version of a talk about PyTorch internals, that I gave at the PyTorch NYC meetup on May 14, 2019. Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about the internals of PyTorch. This talk is for those of you who have used PyTorch, and thought to yourself, "It would […]

  • May 16, 2019