Chipmunk: A Systolically Scalable 0.9 mm${}^2$, 3.08 Gop/s/mW @ 1.2 mW Accelerator for Near-Sensor Recurrent Neural Network Inference

15 Nov 2017  ·  Francesco Conti, Lukas Cavigelli, Gianna Paulin, Igor Susmelj, Luca Benini ·

Recurrent neural networks (RNNs) are state-of-the-art in voice awareness/understanding and speech recognition. On-device computation of RNNs on low-power mobile and wearable devices would be key to applications such as zero-latency voice-based human-machine interfaces. Here we present Chipmunk, a small (<1 mm${}^2$) hardware accelerator for Long-Short Term Memory RNNs in UMC 65 nm technology capable to operate at a measured peak efficiency up to 3.08 Gop/s/mW at 1.24 mW peak power. To implement big RNN models without incurring in huge memory transfer overhead, multiple Chipmunk engines can cooperate to form a single systolic array. In this way, the Chipmunk architecture in a 75 tiles configuration can achieve real-time phoneme extraction on a demanding RNN topology proposed by Graves et al., consuming less than 13 mW of average power.

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