KernelSolve¶
Summary
This section contains the full API documention for the conjugate gradient solver for Generic linear systems, with full support of PyTorch’s torch.autograd
engine.
Creates a new conjugate gradient solver. 

Instantiate a new KernelSolve operation. 

Apply the routine on arbitrary torch Tensors. 
Syntax

class
pykeops.torch.
KernelSolve
[source]¶ Creates a new conjugate gradient solver.
Supporting the same generic syntax as
torch.Genred
, this module allows you to solve generic optimization problems of the form:\[\begin{split}& & a^{\star} & =\operatorname*{argmin}_a \tfrac 1 2 \langle a,( \alpha \operatorname{Id}+K_{xx}) a\rangle  \langle a,b \rangle, \\\\ &\text{i.e.}\quad & a^{\star} & = (\alpha \operatorname{Id} + K_{xx})^{1} b,\end{split}\]where \(K_{xx}\) is a symmetric, positive definite linear operator and \(\alpha\) is a nonnegative regularization parameter.
Note
KernelSolve
is fully compatible with PyTorch’sautograd
engine: you can backprop through the KernelSolve__call__()
just as if it was a vanilla PyTorch operation.Example
>>> formula = "Exp(Norm2(x  y)) * a" # Exponential kernel >>> aliases = ["x = Vi(3)", # 1st input: target points, one dim3 vector per line ... "y = Vj(3)", # 2nd input: source points, one dim3 vector per column ... "a = Vj(2)"] # 3rd input: source signal, one dim2 vector per column >>> K = Genred(formula, aliases, axis = 1) # Reduce formula along the lines of the kernel matrix >>> K_inv = KernelSolve(formula, aliases, "a", # The formula above is linear wrt. 'a' ... axis = 1) >>> # Generate some random data: >>> x = torch.randn(10000, 3, requires_grad=True).cuda() # Sampling locations >>> b = torch.randn(10000, 2).cuda() # Random observed signal >>> a = K_inv(x, x, b, alpha = .1) # Linear solve: a_i = (.1*Id + K(x,x)) \ b >>> print(a.shape) torch.Size([10000, 2]) >>> # Mean squared error: >>> print( ((( .1 * a + K(x,x,a)  b)**2 ).sqrt().sum() / len(x) ).item() ) 0.0002317614998901263 >>> [g_x] = torch.autograd.grad((a ** 2).sum(), [x]) # KernelSolve supports autograd! >>> print(g_x.shape) torch.Size([10000, 3])

__init__
(formula, aliases, varinvalias, axis=0, dtype='float32', cuda_type=None)[source]¶ Instantiate a new KernelSolve operation.
Note
KernelSolve
relies on CUDA kernels that are compiled onthefly and stored in a cache directory as shared libraries (“.so” files) for later use. Parameters
formula (string) – The scalar or vectorvalued expression that should be computed and reduced. The correct syntax is described in the documentation, using appropriate mathematical operations.
aliases (list of strings) –
A list of identifiers of the form
"AL = TYPE(DIM)"
that specify the categories and dimensions of the input variables. Here:AL
is an alphanumerical alias, used in the formula.TYPE
is a category. One of:Vi
: indexation by \(i\) along axis 0.Vj
: indexation by \(j\) along axis 1.Pm
: no indexation, the input tensor is a vector and not a 2d array.
DIM
is an integer, the dimension of the current variable.
As described below,
__call__()
will expect input Tensors whose shape are compatible with aliases.varinvalias (string) – The alphanumerical alias of the variable with respect to which we shall perform our conjugate gradient descent. formula is supposed to be linear with respect to varinvalias, but may be more sophisticated than a mere
"K(x,y) * {varinvalias}"
.
 Keyword Arguments
alpha (float, default = 1e10) – Nonnegative ridge regularization parameter, added to the diagonal of the Kernel matrix \(K_{xx}\).
axis (int, default = 0) –
Specifies the dimension of the kernel matrix \(K_{x_ix_j}\) that is reduced by our routine. The supported values are:
axis = 0: reduction with respect to \(i\), outputs a
Vj
or “\(j\)” variable.axis = 1: reduction with respect to \(j\), outputs a
Vi
or “\(i\)” variable.
dtype (string, default =
"float32"
) –Specifies the numerical
dtype
of the input and output arrays. The supported values are:dtype =
"float32"
or"float"
.dtype =
"float64"
or"double"
.

__call__
(*args, backend='auto', device_id=1, alpha=1e10, eps=1e06, ranges=None)[source]¶ Apply the routine on arbitrary torch Tensors.
Warning
Even for variables of size 1 (e.g. \(a_i\in\mathbb{R}\) for \(i\in[0,M)\)), KeOps expects inputs to be formatted as 2d Tensors of size
(M,dim)
. In practice,a.view(1,1)
should be used to turn a vector of weights into a list of scalar values. Parameters
*args (2d Tensors (variables
Vi(..)
,Vj(..)
) and 1d Tensors (parametersPm(..)
)) –The input numerical arrays, which should all have the same
dtype
, be contiguous and be stored on the same device. KeOps expects one array per alias, with the following compatibility rules:All
Vi(Dim_k)
variables are encoded as 2dtensors withDim_k
columns and the same number of lines \(M\).All
Vj(Dim_k)
variables are encoded as 2dtensors withDim_k
columns and the same number of lines \(N\).All
Pm(Dim_k)
variables are encoded as 1dtensors (vectors) of sizeDim_k
.
 Keyword Arguments
backend (string) – Specifies the mapreduce scheme, as detailed in the documentation of the
torch.Genred
module.device_id (int, default=1) – Specifies the GPU that should be used to perform the computation; a negative value lets your system choose the default GPU. This parameter is only useful if your system has access to several GPUs.
ranges (6uple of IntTensors, None by default) –
Ranges of integers that specify a blocksparse reduction scheme with Mc clusters along axis 0 and Nc clusters along axis 1, as detailed in the documentation of the
torch.Genred
module.If None (default), we simply use a dense Kernel matrix as we loop over all indices \(i\in[0,M)\) and \(j\in[0,N)\).
 Returns
The solution of the optimization problem, stored on the same device as the input Tensors. The output of a
KernelSolve
call is always a 2dtensor with \(M\) or \(N\) lines (if axis = 1 or axis = 0, respectively) and a number of columns that is inferred from the formula. Return type
(M,D) or (N,D) Tensor
