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Facebook Open-Sources Machine-Learning Privacy Library Opacus

Facebook AI Research (FAIR) has announced the release of Opacus, a high-speed library for applying differential privacy techniques when training deep-learning models using the PyTorch framework. Opacus can achieve an order-of-magnitude speedup compared to other privacy libraries.

The library was described on the FAIR blog. Opacus provides an API and implementation of a PrivacyEngine, which attaches directly to the PyTorch optimizer during training. By using hooks in the PyTorch Autograd component, Opacus can efficiently calculate per-sample gradients, a key operation for differential privacy. Training produces a standard PyTorch model which can be deployed without changing existing model-serving code.

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