Why use 'self.device_ids[:len(inputs)]' rather than self.device_ids?

def forward(self, *inputs, **kwargs):
        inputs, kwargs = self.scatter(inputs, kwargs, self.device_ids)
        if len(self.device_ids) == 1:
            return self.module(*inputs[0], **kwargs[0])
        replicas = self.replicate(self.module, self.device_ids[:len(inputs)])
        outputs = self.parallel_apply(replicas, inputs, kwargs)
        return self.gather(outputs, self.output_device)