RedApt: An Adaptor for wav2vec 2 Encoding \\ Faster and Smaller Speech Translation without Quality Compromise

16 Oct 2022  ·  Jinming Zhao, Hao Yang, Gholamreza Haffari, Ehsan Shareghi ·

Pre-trained speech Transformers in speech translation (ST) have facilitated state-of-the-art (SotA) results; yet, using such encoders is computationally expensive. To improve this, we present a novel Reducer Adaptor block, RedApt, that could be seamlessly integrated within any Transformer-based speech encoding architecture. Integrating the pretrained wav2vec 2 speech encoder with RedAptbrings 41% speedup, 33% memory reduction with 24% fewer FLOPs at inference. To our positive surprise, our ST model with RedApt outperforms the SotA architecture by an average of 0.68 BLEU score on 8 language pairs from Must-C.

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