Learning Efficient GANs for Image Translation via Differentiable Masks and Co-Attention Distillation

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IEEE Transactions on Multimedia


Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) have been widely-used in image translation, but their high computation and storage costs impede the deployment on mobile devices. Prevalent methods for CNN compression cannot be directly applied to GANs due to the peculiarties of GAN tasks and the unstable adversarial training. To solve these, in this paper, we introduce a novel GAN compression method, termed DMAD, by proposing a Differentiable Mask and a co-attention Distillation. The former searches for a light-weight generator architecture in a training-adaptive manner. To overcome channel inconsistency when pruning the residual connections, an adaptive cross-block group sparsity is further incorporated. The latter simultaneously distills informative attention maps from both the generator and discriminator of a pre-trained model to the searched generator, effectively stabilizing the adversarial training of our light-weight model. Experiments show that DMAD can reduce the Multiply Accumulate Operations (MACs) of CycleGAN by 13× and that of Pix2Pix by 4× while retaining a comparable performance against the full model.

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GAN compression, Generative adversarial networks, image translation, knowledge distillation, network pruning


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