Autograd leads to memory leak during training

Hi, I have a very simple script shown below. However, it seems to be causing memory leak, as every iteration increases the reserved GPU memory by 2MB until no memory is available and it crashes. I’m not sure what is happening here… Any help is appreciated. Big thanks in advance! Btw, I’m using Pytorch 1.7.0.

import torch
import torch.nn as nn
import torch.nn.functional as F
import numpy as np

class DenseLayer(nn.Linear):
    def __init__(self, in_dim: int, out_dim: int, activation: str = "relu", *args, **kwargs) -> None:
        self.activation = activation
        super().__init__(in_dim, out_dim, *args, **kwargs)

    def reset_parameters(self) -> None:
        torch.nn.init.xavier_uniform_(self.weight, gain=torch.nn.init.calculate_gain(self.activation))
        if self.bias is not None:

class Geometry(nn.Module):
    def __init__(self, D, W, input_ch, skips):
        self.D = D
        self.W = W
        self.input_ch = input_ch
        self.skips = skips

        self.pts_linears = nn.ModuleList(
            [DenseLayer(input_ch, W, activation="relu")] + [DenseLayer(W, W, activation="relu") if i not in self.skips else DenseLayer(W + input_ch, W, activation="relu") for i in range(D-1)])
        self.outputs_linear = DenseLayer(W, 1+W, activation="linear")

    def forward(self, input_pts):
        h = input_pts
        for i, l in enumerate(self.pts_linears):
            h = self.pts_linears[i](h)
            h = F.relu(h)
            if i in self.skips:
                h =[input_pts, h], -1)

        return self.outputs_linear(h)

    def gradients(self, x):
        y = self.forward(x)[...,:1]
        d_output = torch.ones_like(y, requires_grad=False, device=y.device)
        gradients = torch.autograd.grad(
        return gradients

geo_net = Geometry(8, 256, 3, [4,]).cuda()
for i in range(5000):
    print('cuda mem (MB): ', i, torch.cuda.memory_reserved()/1e6)
    pts = torch.rand(1024, 3).cuda()
    grad = geo_net.gradients(pts)
    loss = grad.norm(dim=-1).mean()

This bug really drives me crazy. Somehow my friend advised me to try commenting out ‘torch.autograd.set_detect_anomaly(True)’, and the memory leak issue magically disappears. But neither of us has a clue why it is the case, though…

set_detect_anomaly should only be used for debugging, as it could significantly slow down your code besides the apparently observed increase in memory.
Once you’ve fixed all errors you should disable it. Also, your script should raise a warning claiming:

UserWarning: Anomaly Detection has been enabled. This mode will increase the runtime and should only be enabled for debugging.
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