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Workshop: The Symbiosis of Deep Learning and Differential Equations

Gotta Go Fast with Score-Based Generative Models

Alexia Jolicoeur-Martineau · Ke Li · Rémi Piché-Taillefer · Tal Kachman · Ioannis Mitliagkas


Score-based (denoising diffusion) generative models have recently gained a lot of success in generating realistic and diverse data. These approaches define a forward diffusion process for transforming data to noise and generate data by reversing it. Unfortunately, current score-based models generate data very slowly due to the sheer number of score network evaluations required by numerical SDE solvers. In this work, we aim to accelerate this process by devising a more efficient SDE solver. Our solver requires only two score function evaluations per step, rarely rejects samples, and leads to high-quality samples. Our approach generates data 2 to 10 times faster than EM while achieving better or equal sample quality. For high-resolution images, our method leads to significantly higher quality samples than all other methods tested. Our SDE solver has the benefit of requiring no step size tuning.

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