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Reinforcement Learning through Asynchronous Advantage Actor-Critic on a GPU
Mohammad Babaeizadeh, Iuri Frosio, Stephen Tyree, Jason Clemons, Jan Kautz
Nov 04, 2016 (modified: Mar 02, 2017)ICLR 2017 conference submissionreaders: everyone
Abstract:We introduce a hybrid CPU/GPU version of the Asynchronous Advantage Actor-Critic (A3C) algorithm, currently the state-of-the-art method in reinforcement learning for various gaming tasks. We analyze its computational traits and concentrate on aspects critical to leveraging the GPU's computational power. We introduce a system of queues and a dynamic scheduling strategy, potentially helpful for other asynchronous algorithms as well. Our hybrid CPU/GPU version of A3C, based on TensorFlow, achieves a significant speed up compared to a CPU implementation; we make it publicly available to other researchers at https://github.com/NVlabs/GA3C.
TL;DR:Implementation and analysis of the computational aspect of a GPU version of the Asynchronous Advantage Actor-Critic (A3C) algorithm