Memory increase when use adam and rmsprop


recently, i implement an hourglass like model for pose estimation. during training, the memory increases. and i use the memory_profile to diagnose separately for data loader and module. the data loader can not increase the memory using. and i profile the training process, i find if i use the adam and rmsprop optimizer, the memory will increase . if i use sgd, the memory do not increase.

i also test adam for other tasks, the memory do not increase. i also use output.wait_to_read() to synchronization, the memory also increases by using adam.

the host information:
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Hi @li-haoran, Would you be able to share a reproducible example of this? Do you get the same effect when using SGD with momentum too? With these optimizers you keep a record of previous values but I wouldn’t expect this to increase memory utilization.


when i update to the latest version, everything is ok.
But i still don’t known which bug cause this memory increment. the mxnet_profiler only provide the cpu and gpu usage, so i use line_profiler, this tells me the update process may increase the memory. Then i don’t known how to debug. the sgd with momentum is ok in that version.

thanks for your concern.