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AICAS 2021
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Unbalanced Bit-slicing Scheme for Accurate Memristor-based Neural Network Architecture

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Abstract

Emerging memristor-based computing has the potential to achieve higher computational efficiency over conventional architectures. Bit-slicing scheme, which represents a single neural weight using multiple memristive devices, is usually introduced in memristor-based neural networks to meet high bit-precision demands. However, the accuracy of such networks can be significantly degraded due to non-zero minimum conductance (\mathrm{G}-{min}) of memristive devices. This paper proposes an unbalanced bit-slicing scheme; it uses smaller slice sizes for more important bits to provide higher sensing margin and reduces the impact of non-zero \mathrm{G}-{min}. Moreover, the unbalanced bit-slicing is assisted by 2's complement arithmetic which further improves the accuracy. Simulation results show that our proposed scheme can achieve up to 8.8 \times and 1.8 \times accuracy compared to state-of-The-Art for single-bit and two-bit configurations respectively, at reasonable energy overheads.

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06 Jun 2021

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AICAS 2021

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