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Known Issues

Compilation with XLA can greatly improve the performance of your programs, but the TensorFlow interop has a number of known sharp corners.

TensorArray TF/XLA interconversion is not supported

Error message: Support for TensorList crossing the XLA/TF boundary is not implemented.

XLA supports tf.TensorArray. However, the interconversion between TF and XLA representations is not implemented yet. This error often arises when the TensorArray is used inside the compiled block, but the derivative is taken outside.

Workaround: compile the outermost scope which is taking the derivative.

TensorFlow while loops need to be bounded (or have backprop disabled)

Error message: XLA compilation requires a fixed tensor list size. Set the max number of elements. This could also happen if you're using a TensorArray in a while loop that does not have its maximum_iteration set, you can fix this by setting maximum_iteration to a suitable value.

TF while loops created using tf.while_loop support backpropagation by accumulating all intermediate results in a TensorArray, but XLA only supports bounded TensorArrays.

Workaround: all compiled while loops need to either have maximum_iterations parameter set to a constant value known at compile time, or backpropagation disabled using back_prop=False.

Dynamic tf.TensorArray is not supported

Writes into tf.TensorArray(..., dynamic_size=True) are not compilable with XLA, as such writes require an unknown number of reallocations when the array exceeds the original bound.

Workaround: provide a statically known bound to your arrays.

Random number generation ignores TF seed

XLA currently ignores TF seeds to random operations. This affects stateful TF random operations, such as tf.random.normal, or tf.nn.dropout. XLA will behave as if the compilation was seeded with a new unique seed at each run. This limitation does not apply to stateless random ops.

TensorFlow Asserts are ignored

Assertions created using tf.Assert and similar functions are noops when compiled to XLA. While proper assertion support is in principle possible, it might make certain optimizations impossible (mainly fusing the buffer on which the assertion is performed).

Non-deterministic output

On CPU and GPU the output may be non-deterministic (same as TF proper).

Workaround: To enforce determinism, set the TF_DETERMINISTIC_OPS environment variable to 1 (same as for TF).