OpenVINO Latent Consistency Model C++ pipeline with LoRA model support


Latent Consistency Models (LCMs) is the next generation of generative models after Latent Diffusion Models (LDMs). While Latent Diffusion Models (LDMs) like Stable Diffusion are capable of achieving the outstanding quality of generation, they often suffer from the slowness of the iterative image denoising process. LCM is an optimized version of LDM. Inspired by Consistency Models (CM), Latent Consistency Models (LCMs) enabled swift inference with minimal steps on any pre-trained LDMs, including Stable Diffusion. The Consistency Models is a new family of generative models that enables one-step or few-step generation. More details about the proposed approach and models can be found using the following resources: project page, paper, original repository.

This article will demonstrate a C++ application of the LCM model with Intel’s OpenVINO™ C++ API on Linux systems. For model inference performance and accuracy, the C++ pipeline is well aligned with the Python implementation.

The full implementation of the LCM C++ demo described in this post is available on the GitHub: openvino.genai/lcm_dreamshaper_v7.

Model Conversion

To leverage efficient inference with OpenVINO™ runtime on Intel platforms, the original model should be converted to OpenVINO™ Intermediate Representation (IR).

LCM model

Optimum Intel can be used to load SimianLuo/LCM_Dreamshaper_v7 model from Hugging Face Hub and convert PyTorch checkpoint to the OpenVINO™ IR on-the-fly, by setting export=True when loading the model, like:

from import OVLatentConsistencyModelPipeline

model = OVLatentConsistencyModelPipeline.from_pretrained("SimianLuo/LCM_Dreamshaper_v7", export=True)


OpenVINO Tokenizers is an extension that adds text processing operations to OpenVINO Inference Engine. In addition, the OpenVINO Tokenizers project has a tool to convert a HuggingFace tokenizer into OpenVINO IR model tokenizer and detokenizer: it provides the convert_tokenizer function that accepts a tokenizer Python object and returns an OpenVINO Model object:

from transformers import AutoTokenizer
from openvino_tokenizers import convert_tokenizer
from openvino import compile_model, save_model

hf_tokenizer = AutoTokenizer.from_pretrained(tokenizer_path)
ov_tokenizer_encoder = convert_tokenizer(hf_tokenizer)
save_model(ov_tokenizer_encoder, "ov_tokenizer.xml")

Note: Currently OpenVINO Tokenizers can be inferred on CPU devices only.

Conversion step

You can find the full script for model conversion at the original repo.

Note: The tutorial assumes that the current working directory is and <openvino.genai repo>/image_generation/lcm_ dreamshaper_v7/cpp all paths are relative to this folder.

Let’s prepare a Python environment and install dependencies:

conda create -n openvino_lcm_cpp python==3.10
conda activate openvino_lcm_cpp
conda install -c conda-forge 'openvino>=2023.3.0'
python -m pip install -r scripts/requirements.txt
python -m pip install ../../../thirdparty/openvino_contrib/modules/custom_operations/[transformers]

Now we can use the script scripts/ to download and convert models:

cd scripts
python -lcm "SimianLuo/LCM_Dreamshaper_v7" -t FP16

C++ Pipeline

Pipeline flow

Let’s now talk about the logical structure of the LCM model pipeline.

Just like the classic Stable Diffusion pipeline, the LCM pipeline consists of three important parts:
- A text encoder to create a condition to generate an image from a text prompt.
- U-Net for step-by-step denoising the latent image representation.
- Autoencoder (VAE) for decoding the latent space to an image.

The pipeline takes a latent image representation and a text prompt transformed to text embedding via CLIP’s text encoder as an input. The initial latent image representation is generated using random noise generator. LCM uses a guidance scale for getting time step conditional embeddings as input for the diffusion process, while in Stable Diffusion, it used for scaling output latents.

Next, the U-Net iteratively denoises the random latent image representations while being conditioned on the text embeddings. The output of the U-Net, being the noise residual, is used to compute a denoised latent image representation via a scheduler algorithm. LCM introduces its own scheduling algorithm that extends the denoising procedure introduced by denoising diffusion probabilistic models (DDPMs) with non-Markovian guidance. The denoising process is repeated for a given number of times to step-by-step retrieve better latent image representations. When complete, the latent image representation is decoded by the decoder part of the variational auto encoder.

The C++ implementations of the scheduler algorithm and LCM pipeline are available at the following links: LCM Scheduler, LCM Pipeline.

LoRA support

LoRA (Low-Rank Adaptation) is a training technique for fine-tuning Stable Diffusion models. There are various LoRA models available on

The main idea for LoRA weights enabling, is to append weights onto the OpenVINO LCM models at runtime before compiling the Unet/text_encoder model. The method is to extract LoRA weights from safetensors file, find the corresponding weights in Unet/text_encoder model and insert the LoRA bias weights. The common approach to add LoRA weights looks like:

The original LoRA safetensor model is loaded via safetensors.h. The layer name and weight of LoRA are modified with Eigen Lib and inserted into Unet/text_encoder OpenVINO model using ov::pass::MatcherPass - you can see the implementation in the file common/diffusers/src/lora.cpp.

To run the LCM demo with the LoRA model, first download LoRA, for example: LoRa/Soulcard.

Build and Run LCM demo

Let’s start with the dependencies installation:

conda activate openvino_lcm_cpp
conda install -c conda-forge eigen c-compiler cxx-compiler make

Now we can build the application:

cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -S . -B build
cmake --build build --config Release --parallel
cd build

And finally we’re ready to run the LCM demo. By default the positive prompt is set to: “a beautiful pink unicorn”.

Please note, that the quality of the resulting image depends on the quality of the random noise generator, so there is a difference for output images generated by the C++ noise generator and the PyTorch generator. Use oprion -r to read the PyTorch generated noise from the provided textfiles for the alignment with Python pipeline.

Note: Run ./lcm_dreamshaper -h to see all the available demo options

Let’s try to run the application in a few modes:

Read the numpy latent input and noise for scheduler instead of C++ std lib for the alignment with Python pipeline: ./lcm_dreamshaper -r

Generate image with C++ std lib generated latent and noise : ./lcm_dreamshaper

Generate image with Soulcard LoRa and C++ generated latent and noise: ./lcm_dreamshaper -r -l path/to/soulcard.safetensors

See Also

  1. Optimizing Latent Consistency Model for Image Generation with OpenVINO™ and NNCF
  2. Image generation with Latent Consistency Model and OpenVINO
  3. C++ Pipeline for Stable Diffusion v1.5 with Pybind for Lora Enabling
  4. Enable LoRA weights with Stable Diffusion Controlnet Pipeline