LogicWiSARD: Memoryless Synthesis of Weightless Neural Networks
TimeTuesday, July 12th6pm - 7pm PDT
LocationLevel 2 Lobby
DescriptionWeightless neural networks (WNNs) are an alternative pattern recognition technique where RAM nodes function as neurons. As both training and inference require mostly table lookups, few additions, and no multiplications, WNNs are suitable for high-performance and low-power embedded applications. This work introduces a novel approach to implement WiSARD, the leading WNN state-of-the-art architecture, completely eliminating memories and arithmetic circuits and utilizing only logic functions. The approach creates compressed minimized implementations by converting trained WNN nodes from lookup tables to logic functions. The proposed LogicWiSARD is implemented in FPGA and ASIC technologies to illustrate its suitability for edge inference. Experimental results show more than 80% reduction in energy consumption when the proposed LogicWiSARD model is compared with a multilayer perceptron network (MLP) of equivalent accuracy. Compared to previous work on FPGA implementations for WNNs, convolutional neural networks, and binary neural networks, the energy savings of LogicWiSARD range between 53.8% and 99.7%.