Highlights §
 This conceptual guide gives a brief overview of LoRA, a technique that accelerates the finetuning of large models while consuming less memory.
To make finetuning more efficient, LoRA’s approach is to represent the weight updates with two smaller matrices (called update matrices) through lowrank decomposition. These new matrices can be trained to adapt to the new data while keeping the overall number of changes low. The original weight matrix remains frozen and doesn’t receive any further adjustments. To produce the final results, both the original and the adapted weights are combined. (View Highlight)
 This approach has a number of advantages:
• LoRA makes finetuning more efficient by drastically reducing the number of trainable parameters.
• The original pretrained weights are kept frozen, which means you can have multiple lightweight and portable LoRA models for various downstream tasks built on top of them.
• LoRA is orthogonal to many other parameterefficient methods and can be combined with many of them.
• Performance of models finetuned using LoRA is comparable to the performance of fully finetuned models.
• LoRA does not add any inference latency because adapter weights can be merged with the base model. (View Highlight)
 LoRA can be applied to any subset of weight matrices in a neural network to reduce the number of trainable parameters. However, for simplicity and further parameter efficiency, in Transformer models LoRA is typically applied to attention blocks only. The resulting number of trainable parameters in a LoRA model depends on the size of the lowrank update matrices, which is determined mainly by the rank
r
and the shape of the original weight matrix. (View Highlight)
 While LoRA is significantly smaller and faster to train, you may encounter latency issues during inference due to separately loading the base model and the LoRA model. To eliminate latency, use the merge_and_unload() function to merge the adapter weights with the base model which allows you to effectively use the newly merged model as a standalone model. (View Highlight)

This works because during training, the smaller weight matrices (A and B in the diagram above) are separate. But once training is complete, the weights can actually be merged into a new weight matrix that is identical. (View Highlight)
 Use
merge_adapter()
to merge the LoRa layers into the base model while retaining the PeftModel. This will help in later unmerging, deleting, loading different adapters and so on.
Use unmerge_adapter()
to unmerge the LoRa layers from the base model while retaining the PeftModel. This will help in later merging, deleting, loading different adapters and so on.
Use unload() to get back the base model without the merging of the active lora modules. This will help when you want to get back the pretrained base model in some applications when you want to reset the model to its original state. For example, in Stable Diffusion WebUi, when the user wants to infer with base model post trying out LoRAs. (View Highlight)
 As with other methods supported by PEFT, to finetune a model using LoRA, you need to:
 Instantiate a base model.
 Create a configuration (
LoraConfig
) where you define LoRAspecific parameters.
 Wrap the base model with
get_peft_model()
to get a trainable PeftModel
.
 Train the
PeftModel
as you normally would train the base model. (View Highlight)
 •
r
: the rank of the update matrices, expressed in int
. Lower rank results in smaller update matrices with fewer trainable parameters.
• target_modules
: The modules (for example, attention blocks) to apply the LoRA update matrices.
• alpha
: LoRA scaling factor.
• bias
: Specifies if the bias
parameters should be trained. Can be 'none'
, 'all'
or 'lora_only'
.
• modules_to_save
: List of modules apart from LoRA layers to be set as trainable and saved in the final checkpoint. These typically include model’s custom head that is randomly initialized for the finetuning task.
• layers_to_transform
: List of layers to be transformed by LoRA. If not specified, all layers in target_modules
are transformed.
• layers_pattern
: Pattern to match layer names in target_modules
, if layers_to_transform
is specified. By default PeftModel
will look at common layer pattern (layers
, h
, blocks
, etc.), use it for exotic and custom models.
• rank_pattern
: The mapping from layer names or regexp expression to ranks which are different from the default rank specified by r
.
• alpha_pattern
: The mapping from layer names or regexp expression to alphas which are different from the default alpha specified by lora_alpha
.
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