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NeuroPower: Designing Energy Efficient Convolutional Neural Network Architecture for Embedded Systems


Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


The 28th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks




Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) suffer from energy-hungry implementation due to their computation and memory intensive processing patterns. This problem is even more significant by the proliferation of CNNs on embedded platforms. To overcome this problem, we offer NeuroPower as an automatic framework that designs a highly optimized and energy efficient set of CNN architectures for embedded systems. NeuroPower explores and prunes the design space to find improved set of neural architectures. Toward this aim, a multi-objective optimization strategy is integrated to solve Neural Architecture Search (NAS) problem by near-optimal tuning network hyperparameters. The main objectives of the optimization algorithm are network accuracy and number of parameters in the network. The evaluation results show the effectiveness of NeuroPower on energy consumption, compacting rate and inference time compared to other cutting-edge approaches. In comparison with the best results on CIFAR-10/CIFAR-100 datasets, a generated network by NeuroPower presents up to 2.1x/1.56x compression rate, 1.59x/3.46x speedup and 1.52x/1.82x power saving while loses 2.4%/-0.6% accuracy, respectively.


author = {Mohammad Loni and Ali Zoljodi and Sima Sinaei and Masoud Daneshtalab and Mikael Sj{\"o}din},
title = {NeuroPower: Designing Energy Efficient Convolutional Neural Network Architecture for Embedded Systems},
month = {September},
year = {2019},
booktitle = {The 28th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks},
publisher = {Springer},
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