The Poplar Exchange Format (PopEF) is a Graphcore file format that is mainly used for exporting and importing models. PopEF is supported by the
popef library that is a part of the Poplar SDK. The library contains both a C++ API and a Python API.
PopEF allows you to store models on disk. Stored models contain all necessary information, such as:
a Poplar executable that can be run on the IPU
You can import a PopEF model using:
the API of the framework used to save the model
the Graphcore version of TensorFlow Serving,
PopEF can also be used to store:
datasets for model inputs
tensors for model parameters (for example model weights)
specific user-defined opaque binary blobs
This document assumes that you have a good understanding of the IPU architecture and programming model. If you would like more information, refer to the IPU Programmer’s Guide.
For more information about the tools to write code for the IPU, refer to the documents for the Poplar graph programming framework.