#StackBounty: #python #tensorflow #tensorflow-datasets Tensorflow: Dataset Map With num_parallel_calls Offers No Speedup

Bounty: 50

I’m using TensorFlow and the tf.data.Dataset API to perform some text preprocessing. Without using num_parallel_calls in my dataset.map call, it takes 0.03s to preprocess 10K records.

When I use num_parallel_trials=8 (the number of cores on my machine), it also takes 0.03s to preprocess 10K records.

I googled around and came across this: Parallelism isn't reducing the time in dataset map

where they indicate that you need to use TensorFlow operations to see a speedup. Here’s the thing: I am using only TensorFlow operations. Specifically, I’m mapping this function:

def preprocess(self, x, data_table):
    x['reviews'] = tf.string_split(x['reviews'], delimiter=' ')
    x['reviews'] = tf.sparse_tensor_to_dense(x['reviews'], default_value=' ')
    x['reviews'] = tf.cast(data_table.lookup(x['reviews']), tf.int32)
    nbatch = tf.cast(tf.shape(x['reviews'])[0], tf.int32)
    nseq = tf.cast(tf.shape(x['reviews'])[1], tf.int32)
    padding = tf.cond(tf.less(nseq, 100),
                      lambda: 0 * tf.ones([nbatch, 100 - nseq], tf.int32),
                      lambda: 0 * tf.ones([nbatch, 0], tf.int32))
    x['reviews'] = tf.concat((x['reviews'], padding), axis=1)[:, :100]
    x['reviews'].set_shape([None, 100])
    return x

Any idea why I don’t see any speedup?


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