Constrained deep neural network architecture search for IoT devices accounting hardware calibration [article]

Florian Scheidegger, Luca Benini, Costas Bekas, Cristiano Malossi
2019 arXiv   pre-print
Deep neural networks achieve outstanding results in challenging image classification tasks. However, the design of network topologies is a complex task and the research community makes a constant effort in discovering top-accuracy topologies, either manually or employing expensive architecture searches. In this work, we propose a unique narrow-space architecture search that focuses on delivering low-cost and fast executing networks that respect strict memory and time requirements typical of
more » ... rnet-of-Things (IoT) near-sensor computing platforms. Our approach provides solutions with classification latencies below 10ms running on a 35 device with 1GB RAM and 5.6GFLOPS peak performance. The narrow-space search of floating-point models improves the accuracy on CIFAR10 of an established IoT model from 70.64 74.87 to 82.07 83.45 the best of our knowledge, we are the first that empirically demonstrate on over 3000 trained models that running with reduced precision pushes the Pareto optimal front by a wide margin. Under a given memory constraint, accuracy is improved by over 7 the best model individual format.
arXiv:1909.10818v1 fatcat:zoauans5tja2zbh3x3ppwlzd7i