Resource-Efficient Separation Transformer

19 Jun 2022  ·  Cem Subakan, Mirco Ravanelli, Samuele Cornell, Frédéric Lepoutre, François Grondin ·

Transformers have recently achieved state-of-the-art performance in speech separation. These models, however, are computationally-demanding and require a lot of learnable parameters. This paper explores Transformer-based speech separation with a reduced computational cost. Our main contribution is the development of the Resource-Efficient Separation Transformer (RE-SepFormer), a self-attention-based architecture that reduces the computational burden in two ways. First, it uses non-overlapping blocks in the latent space. Second, it operates on compact latent summaries calculated from each chunk. The RE-SepFormer reaches a competitive performance on the popular WSJ0-2Mix and WHAM! datasets in both causal and non-causal settings. Remarkably, it scales significantly better than the previous Transformer and RNN-based architectures in terms of memory and inference-time, making it more suitable for processing long mixtures.

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