API reference


The resampling primitive computes forward or backward resampling operation on 1D, 2D, or 3D spatial data. Resampling performs spatial scaling of original tensor using one of the supported interpolation algorithms:

  • Nearest Neighbor

  • Linear (or Bilinear for 2D spatial tensor, Trilinear for 3D spatial tensor).

Resampling operation is defined by the source tensor and scaling factors in each spatial dimension. Upsampling and downsampling are the alternative terms for resampling that are used when all scaling factors are greater (upsampling) or less (downsampling) than one.

The resampling operation is defined by the following formulas. We show formulas only for 2D spatial data which are straightforward to generalize to cases of higher and lower dimensions. Variable names follow the standard Naming Conventions.

Let \(\src\) and \(\dst\) be \(N \times C \times IH \times IW\) and \(N \times C \times OH \times OW\) tensors respectively. Let \(F_h = \frac{OH}{IH}\) and \(F_w = \frac{OW}{IW}\) define scaling factors in each spatial dimension.

The following formulas show how oneDNN computes resampling for nearest neighbor and bilinear interpolation methods. To further simplify the formulas, we assume the following: \(\src(n, ic, ih, iw) = \begin{cases} \src(n, ic, ih, 0), & \text{if}\ iw < 0 \\ \src(n, ic, ih, iw), & \text{if}\ IW - 1 \geq iw \geq 0 \\ \src(n, ic, ih, IW - 1), & \text{if}\ iw > IW - 1 \end{cases}\)

Same assumptions apply for \(ih\). Definitions of \(ih\) and \(iw\) are provided below with a correspondent algorithm.


Nearest Neighbor Resampling

\[\dst(n, c, oh, ow) = \src(n, c, ih, iw)\]


  • \(ih = [\frac{oh + 0.5} {F_h} - 0.5]\),

  • \(iw = [\frac{ow + 0.5} {F_w} - 0.5]\).

Bilinear Resampling

\[\begin{split}\dst(n, c, oh, ow) = \src(n, c, ih_0, iw_0) \cdot (1 - W_{ih}) \cdot (1 - W_{iw}) + \\ \src(n, c, ih_1, iw_0) \cdot W_{ih} \cdot (1 - W_{iw}) + \\ \src(n, c, ih_0, iw_1) \cdot (1 - W_{ih}) \cdot W_{iw} + \\ \src(n, c, ih_1, iw_1) \cdot W_{ih} \cdot W_{iw} \\\end{split}\]


  • \(ih_0 = \left\lfloor{\frac {oh + 0.5} {F_h} - 0.5}\right\rfloor\),

  • \(ih_1 = \left\lceil {\frac {oh + 0.5} {F_h} - 0.5}\right\rceil\),

  • \(iw_0 = \left\lfloor{\frac {ow + 0.5} {F_w} - 0.5}\right\rfloor\),

  • \(iw_1 = \left\lceil {\frac {ow + 0.5} {F_w} - 0.5}\right\rceil\),

  • \(W_{ih} = \frac{oh + 0.5}{F_h} - 0.5 - ih_0\),

  • \(W_{iw} = \frac{ow + 0.5}{F_w} - 0.5 - iw_0\).

Difference Between Forward Training and Forward Inference

There is no difference between the dnnl_forward_training and dnnl_forward_inference propagation kinds.


The backward propagation computes \(\diffsrc\) based on \(\diffdst\).

Execution Arguments

When executed, the inputs and outputs should be mapped to an execution argument index as specified by the following table.

Primitive input/output

Execution argument index









\(\text{binary post-op}\)

DNNL_ARG_ATTR_MULTIPLE_POST_OP(binary_post_op_position) | DNNL_ARG_SRC_1

Implementation Details

General Notes

  1. Resampling implementation supports data with arbitrary data tag (nchw, nhwc, nChw16c, etc.) but memory tags for src and dst are expected to be the same. Resampling primitive supports dst and diff_src memory tag dnnl::memory::format_tag::any and can define destination format based on source format.

  2. Resampling primitive descriptor can be created by specifying the source and destination memory descriptors, only the source descriptor and floating point factors, or the source and destination memory descriptors and factors. In case when user does not provide the destination descriptor, the destination dimensions are deduced using the factors: \(output\_spatial\_size = \left\lfloor{ \frac{input\_spatial\_size} {F} }\right\rfloor\).


Implementation of resampling algorithm uses factors as defined by the relation \(F = \frac{output\_spatial\_ size} { input\_spatial\_size}\) that do not necessarily equal to the ones passed by the user.

Data Types

Resampling primitive supports the following combination of data types for source and destination memory objects:




forward / backward

f32, bf16, f16, s32, s8, u8

f32, s32, bf16, s8, u8, f16

Post-Ops and Attributes

The following attributes are supported:







Adds the operation result to the destination tensor instead of overwriting it.



Applies an Eltwise operation to the result.



Applies a Binary operation to the result

General binary post-op restrictions

Implementation Limitations

  1. No primitive specific limitations. Refer to Data Types for limitations related to data types support.

Performance Tips



Resampling Primitive Example

This C++ API example demonstrates how to create and execute a Resampling primitive in forward training propagation mode.