Published on Mon Sep 23 2019

AI Matrix: A Deep Learning Benchmark for Alibaba Data Centers

Wei Zhang, Wei Wei, Lingjie Xu, Lingling Jin, Cheng Li

Alibaba has China's largest e-commerce platform. Alibaba has its own large-scale data centers providing the computing foundation for a wide variety of software applications. Among these applications, deep learning has been playing an important role.

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Abstract

Alibaba has China's largest e-commerce platform. To support its diverse businesses, Alibaba has its own large-scale data centers providing the computing foundation for a wide variety of software applications. Among these applications, deep learning (DL) has been playing an important role in delivering services like image recognition, objection detection, text recognition, recommendation, and language processing. To build more efficient data centers that deliver higher performance for these DL applications, it is important to understand their computational needs and use that information to guide the design of future computing infrastructure. An effective way to achieve this is through benchmarks that can fully represent Alibaba's DL applications.