19th AIAI 2023, 14 - 17 June 2023, León, Spain

Lossless Method of Constraining Membrane Potential in Deep Spiking Neural Networks

Yijie Miao, Makoto Ikeda


  Biologically inspired Spiking Neural Networks (SNNs) offer a promising path toward achieving energy-efficient artificial intelligence systems. However, in the hardware field, the deployment of deep SNNs has been stagnant, where the wide range of membrane potential of spiking neuron poses a significant challenge to hardware efficiency. To address this issue, this work proposes a guideline and a novel hardware-friendly method to constrain the membrane potential, reducing the associated hardware overhead while fully maintaining the inference accuracy. Experiments demonstrate that the proposed method is effective and achieves substantial memory usage reduction for a 20-layer ResNet model. This work paves the way toward the efficient hardware implementation of even deeper SNNs.  

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