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I Tested Apple’s New MLX Framework Against Torch on M2 Air
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I Tested Apple’s New MLX Framework Against Torch on M2 Air

Last Updated on December 30, 2023 by Editorial Team

Author(s): Tim Cvetko

Originally published on Towards AI.

MLX vs Torch on BERT — Training, Inference, and CPU Usage Comparison

On Tuesday, Apple’s AI team released “MLX” — the new machine learning framework designed to work specifically for the Apple Silicon Chips. The design of MLX was inspired by frameworks like NumPy, PyTorch, Jax, and ArrayFire.

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Is MLX really faster than Torch on Mac?

As I own a Macbook M2 Air and regularly train ML models locally, I decided to put this hypothesis to the test by training the standard BERT transformers model on both MLX and PyTorch. The results are staggering!

Who is this blog post useful for? Mac(M1, M2, M3) owners who are looking for a faster training & inference ML framework.

How advanced is this post? Anybody previously acquainted with ML terms should be able to follow along.

Replicate my code here:

MLX is an array framework for machine learning on Apple silicon, brought to you by Apple machine learning research.

MLX is very Torch-like in its syntax. MLX has higher-level packages like mlx.nn and mlx.optimizers with APIs that closely follow PyTorch to simplify building more complex models.MLX has a Python API that closely follows NumPy. MLX also has a fully featured C++ API, which closely mirrors the Python API.pip install mlxImage by Author

The MLX examples repo has… Read the full blog for free on Medium.

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