Binary Associative Memories as a Benchmark for Spiking Neuromorphic Hardware

Andreas Stöckel, Christoph Jenzen, Michael Thies, Ulrich Rückert
2017 Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience  
Large-scale neuromorphic hardware platforms, specialized computer systems for energy efficient simulation of spiking neural networks, are being developed around the world, for example as part of the European Human Brain Project (HBP). Due to conceptual differences, a universal performance analysis of these systems in terms of runtime, accuracy and energy efficiency is non-trivial, yet indispensable for further hard-and software development. In this paper we describe a scalable benchmark based
more » ... a spiking neural network implementation of the binary neural associative memory. We treat neuromorphic hardware and software simulators as black-boxes and execute exactly the same network description across all devices. Experiments on the HBP platforms under varying configurations of the associative memory show that the presented method allows to test the quality of the neuron model implementation, and to explain significant deviations from the expected reference output.
doi:10.3389/fncom.2017.00071 pmid:28878642 pmcid:PMC5572441 fatcat:twty25ev65fulcm3f6ftgotztu