Off-chip memory access has become the performance and energy bottleneck in memory-constrained neural network accelerators. To provide a solution for the energy efficient processing of various neural network models, this paper proposes a dataflow optimization method for modern neural networks by exploring the opportunity of single-layer and inter-layer data reuse to minimize the amount of off-chip memory access in memory-constrained accelerators. A mathematical analysis of three inter-layer data reuse methods is first presented. Then, a comprehensive exploration to determine the optimal data reuse strategy from single-layer and inter-layer data reuse approaches is proposed. The result shows that when compared to the existing single-layer-based exploration method, SmartShuttle, the proposed approach can achieve up to 20.5% and 32.5% of off-chip memory access reduction for ResNeXt-50 and DenseNet-121, respectively.
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- コンピュータ ネットワークおよび通信