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MLCommons is rising its suite of MLPerf AI benchmarks with the addition of testing for giant language fashions (LLMs) for inference and a brand new benchmark that measures efficiency of storage techniques for machine studying (ML) workloads.

MLCommons is a vendor neutral, multi-stakeholder group that goals to offer a stage taking part in subject for distributors to report on completely different features of AI efficiency with the MLPerf set of benchmarks. The brand new MLPerf Inference 3.1 benchmarks launched at this time are the second main replace of the outcomes this yr, following the 3.0 results that got here out in April. The MLPerf 3.1 benchmarks embody a big set of information with greater than 13,500 efficiency outcomes.

Submitters embody: ASUSTeK, Azure, cTuning, Join Tech, Dell, Fujitsu, Giga Computing, Google, H3C, HPE, IEI, Intel, Intel-Habana-Labs, Krai, Lenovo, Moffett, Neural Magic, Nvidia, Nutanix, Oracle, Qualcomm, Quanta Cloud Expertise, SiMA, Supermicro, TTA and xFusion. 

Continued efficiency enchancment

A typical theme throughout MLPerf benchmarks with every replace is the continued enchancment in efficiency for distributors — and the MLPerf 3.1 Inference outcomes comply with that sample. Whereas there are a number of kinds of testing and configurations for the inference benchmarks, MLCommons founder and government director David Kanter mentioned in a press briefing that many submitters improved their efficiency by 20% or extra over the three.0 benchmark.


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Past continued efficiency features, MLPerf is continuous to increase with the three.1 inference benchmarks.

“We’re evolving the benchmark suite to replicate what’s happening,” he mentioned. “Our LLM benchmark is model new this quarter and actually displays the explosion of generative AI massive language fashions.”

What the brand new MLPerf Inference 3.1 LLM benchmarks are all about

This isn’t the primary time MLCommons has tried to benchmark LLM efficiency.

Again in June, the MLPerf 3.0 Training benchmarks added LLMs for the primary time. Coaching LLMs, nevertheless, is a really completely different process than working inference operations.

“One of many essential variations is that for inference, the LLM is essentially performing a generative process because it’s writing a number of sentences,” Kanter mentioned.

The MLPerf Coaching benchmark for LLM makes use of the GPT-J 6B (billion) parameter mannequin  to carry out textual content summarization on the CNN/Each day Mail dataset. Kanter emphasised that whereas the MLPerf coaching benchmark focuses on very massive basis fashions, the precise process MLPerf is performing with the inference benchmark is consultant of a wider set of use circumstances that extra organizations can deploy. 

“Many people merely don’t have the compute or the information to assist a extremely massive mannequin,” mentioned Kanter. “The precise process we’re performing with our inference benchmark is textual content summarization.”

Inference isn’t nearly GPUs — a minimum of in keeping with Intel

Whereas high-end GPU accelerators are sometimes on the high of the MLPerf itemizing for coaching and inference, the massive numbers are usually not what all organizations are searching for — a minimum of in keeping with Intel.

Intel silicon is effectively represented on the MLPerf Inference 3.1 with outcomes submitted for Habana Gaudi accelerators, 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Xeon CPU Max Sequence processors. Based on Intel, the 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable carried out effectively on the GPT-J information summarization process, summarizing one paragraph per second in real-time server mode.

In response to a query from VentureBeat in the course of the Q&A portion of the MLCommons press briefing, Intel’s senior director of AI merchandise Jordan Plawner commented that there’s range in what organizations want for inference.

“On the finish of the day, enterprises, companies and organizations must deploy AI in manufacturing and that clearly must be carried out in all types of compute,” mentioned Plawner. “To have so many representatives of each software program and {hardware} displaying that it [inference] will be run in all types of compute is mostly a main indicator of the place the market goes subsequent, which is now scaling out AI fashions, not simply constructing them.”

Nvidia claims Grace Hopper MLPef Inference features, with extra to come back

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Whereas Intel is eager to indicate how CPUs are helpful for inference, GPUs from Nvidia are effectively represented within the MLPerf Inference 3.1 benchmarks.

The MLPerf Inference 3.1 benchmarks are the primary time Nvidia’s GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip was included. The Grace Hopper superchip pairs an Nvidia CPU, together with a GPU to optimize AI workloads.

“Grace Hopper made a really sturdy first displaying delivering as much as 17% extra efficiency versus our H100 GPU submissions, which we’re already delivering throughout the board management,” Dave Salvator, director of AI at Nvidia, mentioned throughout a press briefing.

The Grace Hopper is meant for the most important and most demanding workloads, however that’s not all that Nvidia goes after. The Nvidia L4 GPUs have been additionally highlighted by Salvator for his or her MLPerf Inference 3.1 outcomes.

“L4  additionally had a really sturdy displaying as much as 6x extra efficiency versus the very best x86 CPUs submitted this spherical,” he mentioned.

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