Enum defining options for variable handling when saving.

NONE No policy applied: Distributed variables are saved as one variable, with no device attached.

SAVE_VARIABLE_DEVICES When saving variables, also save their device assignment. This is useful if one wants to hardcode devices in saved models, but it also makes them non-portable if soft device placement is disabled (more details in tf.config.set_soft_device_placement). This is currently not fully supported by saved_model.load, and is mainly intended to be used when one will be reading the saved model at a lower API level. In the example below, the graph saved by the call to will have the variable devices correctly specified:

exported = tf.train.Checkpoint()
with tf.device('/GPU:0'):
  exported.x_gpu = tf.Variable(1.0)
with tf.device('/CPU:0'):
  exported.x_cpu = tf.Variable(1.0), export_dir,
    options = tf.saved_model.SaveOptions(

Distributed variables are still saved as one variable under this policy.

EXPAND_DISTRIBUTED_VARIABLES Distributed variables will be explicitly expanded into their respective distributed replicas, and their assigned devices will be saved. This is useful when one wants to use the model for training in environments where the original distribution strategy is not available. Checkpoints are currently incompatible with this option, so it is not implemented in (only the internal saved_model.export_meta_graph API supports it for now).

Class Variables

  • NONE