How to convert your Gluon model to an MXNet Symbol

DJL currently supports symbolic model loading from MXNet. A gluon HybridBlock can be converted into a symbol for loading by doing as follows:

from mxnet import nd
from mxnet.gluon import nn

# create a simple HybridSequential block
net = nn.HybridSequential()
net.add(nn.Dense(256, activation='relu'))

# initialize and hybridize the block
net.hybridize(static_alloc=True, static_shape=True)

# create sample input and run forward once
x = nd.random.uniform(shape=(2, 20))

# export your model

After this is run, you will find sample_model-0000.params and sample_model-symbol.json in your local path. These can be loaded in DJL.

In real applications, you may want to create and train a HybridBlock before exporting it. The code block below shows how you can convert a GluonCV pretrained model:

import mxnet as mx
from gluoncv import model_zoo

# get the pretrained model from the gluon model zoo
net = model_zoo.get_model('resnet18_v1', pretrained=True)
net.hybridize(static_alloc=True, static_shape=True)

# create a sample input and run forward once (required for tracing)
x = nd.random.uniform(shape=(1, 3, 224, 224))

# export your model

hybridize without static_alloc=True, static_shape=True

It is always recommended enabling the static settings when exporting Apache MXNet model. This will ensure DJL to have the best performance for inference.

If you run hybridize without static_alloc=True, static_shape=True:


you can enable this Java property with DJL:

-Dai.djl.mxnet.static_alloc=False -Dai.djl.mxnet.static_shape=False

This will ensure we skip the static settings in the inference model and make DJL produce consistent result with Python.