Published on Mon Dec 14 2015

Origami: A 803 GOp/s/W Convolutional Network Accelerator

Lukas Cavigelli, Luca Benini

An ever increasing number of computer vision and image/video processing challenges are being approached using deep convolutional neural networks. The manufactured device provides up to 196GOp/s on 3.09 mm^2 of silicon in UMC 65nm technology.

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Abstract

An ever increasing number of computer vision and image/video processing challenges are being approached using deep convolutional neural networks, obtaining state-of-the-art results in object recognition and detection, semantic segmentation, action recognition, optical flow and superresolution. Hardware acceleration of these algorithms is essential to adopt these improvements in embedded and mobile computer vision systems. We present a new architecture, design and implementation as well as the first reported silicon measurements of such an accelerator, outperforming previous work in terms of power-, area- and I/O-efficiency. The manufactured device provides up to 196 GOp/s on 3.09 mm^2 of silicon in UMC 65nm technology and can achieve a power efficiency of 803 GOp/s/W. The massively reduced bandwidth requirements make it the first architecture scalable to TOp/s performance.