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TAO Pretrained Semantic Segmentation

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Pretrained weights to facilitate transfer learning using Transfer Learning Toolkit.
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What is TAO Toolkit?

TAO Toolkit (TAO) is a python based AI toolkit for taking purpose-built pre-trained AI models and customizing them with your own data. TAO adapts popular network architectures and backbones to your data, allowing you to train, fine tune, prune and export highly optimized and accurate AI models for edge deployment.

The pre-trained models accelerate the AI training process and reduce costs associated with large scale data collection, labeling, and training models from scratch. Transfer learning with pre-trained models can be used for AI applications in smart cities, retail, healthcare, industrial inspection and more.

Build end-to-end services and solutions for transforming pixels and sensor data to actionable insights using TAO, DeepStream SDK and TensorRT. The models are suitable for object detection, classification and segmentation.

Semantic Segmentation Using TAO

Semantic segmentation assigns every pixel in an image to a class label. Semantic segmentation does image classification at pixel level. Unlike instance segmentation which can label individual instances belonging to a class, semantic segmentation clubs all instances of a class to same label. This model card contains pretrained weights that may be used as a starting point with the following semantic segmentation networks in TAO Toolkit to facilitate transfer learning.

Following semantic segmentation architecture are supported:

  • UNet

The pre-trained weights are trained on a subset of the Google OpenImages dataset. Following backbones are supported with these UNet networks.

  • resnet10/resnet18/resnet34/resnet50/resnet101
  • vgg16/vgg19

To see the full list of all the backbones, scroll over to the version history tab.

Note: These are unpruned models with just the feature extractor weights, and may not be used without re-training in an semantic segmentation application

Training Semantic Segmentation Models Using TAO

The semantic segmentation apps in TAO expect mask data as encoded images with every pixel assigned to the class label. TAO provides a simple command line interface to train a deep learning model for semantic segmentation.

The models in this model area are only compatible with TAO Toolkit. For more information about using this model with TAO, please view the instructions here to install the TAO Launcher CLI and use with the semantic segmentation trainer in TAO.

Before running the container, use docker pull to ensure an up-to-date image is installed. Once the pull is complete, you can run the container image.

  1. Install the NGC CLI from

  2. Configure the NGC CLI using the following command

ngc config set
  1. To view all the backbones that are supported by Instance segmentation architecture in TAO:

    ngc registry model list nvidia/tao/pretrained_semantic_segmentation:*
  2. Download the model:

    ngc registry model download-version nvidia/tao/pretrained_semantic_segmentation:<template> --dest <path>

Instructions to run the sample notebook

  1. Get the NGC API key from the SETUP tab on the left. Please store this key for future use. Detailed instructions can be found here

  2. Configure the NGC command line interface using the command mentioned below and follow the prompts.

    ngc config set
  3. Download the sample notebooks from NGC using the command below

    ngc registry resource download-version "nvidia/tao_cv_samples:v1.0.2"
  4. Invoke the jupyter notebook using the following command

    jupyter notebook --ip --port 8888 --allow-root
  5. Open an internet browser and type in the following URL to start running the notebooks when running on a local machine.

    If you wish to run view the notebook from a remote client, please modify the URL as follows:


    Where, the a.b.c.d is the IP address of the machine running the container.

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