Probabilistic spike propagation for FPGA implementation of spiking neural networks

7 Jan 2020  ·  Abinand Nallathambi, Nitin Chandrachoodan ·

Evaluation of spiking neural networks requires fetching a large number of synaptic weights to update postsynaptic neurons. This limits parallelism and becomes a bottleneck for hardware... We present an approach for spike propagation based on a probabilistic interpretation of weights, thus reducing memory accesses and updates. We study the effects of introducing randomness into the spike processing, and show on benchmark networks that this can be done with minimal impact on the recognition accuracy. We present an architecture and the trade-offs in accuracy on fully connected and convolutional networks for the MNIST and CIFAR10 datasets on the Xilinx Zynq platform. read more

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