I’ve trained a neural network with **dropout** and I saved it using the `SavedModel`

format.

Now, I deployed it using tensorflow serving.

Everything works well but I’m wondering if the dropout is removed from the computation.

Is the `SavedModel`

format removes the dropout, as `model.forward(.., training=False)`

would do. I guess it should since the `SavedModel`

format is meant for inference but just to be sure.

Thank you all !

I am also getting the same issue mentioned above.

I’ve done a small test to check if dropout **is** removed when exporting to saved model and infering with tensorflow serving.

The test is:

- create dummy model with arbitrary weights and dropout
- export to savedmodel
- deploy using tensorflow serving
- get inference multiple times and check if the output value changes.

Example:

*Create dummy model, test it and save it*

```
>> import tensorflow as tf
>> nn = tf.keras.Sequential([tf.keras.layers.Dense(1, kernel_initializer='ones'),
tf.keras.layers.Dropout(0.25)])
>> a = tf.constant([[2.0]])
>> nn(a, training=False)
<tf.Tensor: shape=(1, 1), dtype=float32, numpy=array([[2.]], dtype=float32)>
>> tf.saved_model.save(nn, "test_dummy")
```

*Launch tensorflow serving* (documentation here)

*Get inferencefrom tf/serving*

```
$ curl -d '{"instances": [[2.0]]}' -X POST http://localhost:8501/v1/models/dummy:predict
{
"predictions": [[2.0]
]
}
```

I did dozens of inference and never had a different value from 2.0 which the expected output when having no dropout.

Conclusion: I do think dropout (might be extended to batch normalization) are removed from savedmodel (or at least removed in tensorflow serving).

Tell me if you think I missed something

Benoît.