Efficient Transformers: A Survey

Yi Tay, Mostafa Dehghani, Dara Bahri, Donald Metzler
2022 ACM Computing Surveys  
Transformer model architectures have garnered immense interest lately due to their effectiveness across a range of domains like language, vision and reinforcement learning. In the field of natural language processing for example, Transformers have become an indispensable staple in the modern deep learning stack. Recently, a dizzying number of "X-former" models have been proposed - Reformer, Linformer, Performer, Longformer, to name a few - which improve upon the original Transformer
more » ... , many of which make improvements around computational and memory efficiency . With the aim of helping the avid researcher navigate this flurry, this paper characterizes a large and thoughtful selection of recent efficiency-flavored "X-former" models, providing an organized and comprehensive overview of existing work and models across multiple domains.
doi:10.1145/3530811 fatcat:sil36wgiz5c23hnr5iwzu26pwi