TinyGAN: Distilling BigGAN for Conditional Image Generation

29 Sep 2020  ·  Ting-Yun Chang, Chi-Jen Lu ·

Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) have become a powerful approach for generative image modeling. However, GANs are notorious for their training instability, especially on large-scale, complex datasets. While the recent work of BigGAN has significantly improved the quality of image generation on ImageNet, it requires a huge model, making it hard to deploy on resource-constrained devices. To reduce the model size, we propose a black-box knowledge distillation framework for compressing GANs, which highlights a stable and efficient training process. Given BigGAN as the teacher network, we manage to train a much smaller student network to mimic its functionality, achieving competitive performance on Inception and FID scores with the generator having $16\times$ fewer parameters.

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