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Time-recovering PCI-AER interface for bio-inspired spiking systems
Author(s): R. Paz-Vicente; A. Linares-Barranco; D. Cascado; S. Vicente; G. Jimenez; A. Civit
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Paper Abstract

Address Event Representation (AER) is an emergent neuromorphic interchip communication protocol that allows for real-time virtual massive connectivity between huge number neurons located on different chips. By exploiting high speed digital communication circuits (with nano-seconds timings), synaptic neural connections can be time multiplexed, while neural activity signals (with mili-seconds timings) are sampled at low frequencies. Also, neurons generate 'events' according to their activity levels. More active neurons generate more events per unit time, and access the interchip communication channel more frequently, while neurons with low activity consume less communication bandwidth. When building multi-chip muti-layered AER systems it is absolutely necessary to have a computer interface that allows (a) to read AER interchip traffic into the computer and visualize it on screen, and (b) inject a sequence of events at some point of the AER structure. This is necessary for testing and debugging complex AER systems. This paper presents a PCI to AER interface, that dispatches a sequence of events received from the PCI bus with embedded timing information to establish when each event will be delivered. A set of specialized states machines has been introduced to recovery the possible time delays introduced by the asynchronous AER bus. On the input channel, the interface capture events assigning a timestamp and delivers them through the PCI bus to MATLAB applications. It has been implemented in real time hardware using VHDL and it has been tested in a PCI-AER board, developed by authors, that includes a Spartan II 200 FPGA. The demonstration hardware is currently capable to send and receive events at a peak rate of 8,3 Mev/sec, and a typical rate of 1 Mev/sec.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5839, Bioengineered and Bioinspired Systems II, (29 June 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.608255
Show Author Affiliations
R. Paz-Vicente, Univ. de Sevilla (Spain)
A. Linares-Barranco, Univ. de Sevilla (Spain)
D. Cascado, Univ. de Sevilla (Spain)
S. Vicente, Univ. de Sevilla (Spain)
G. Jimenez, Univ. de Sevilla (Spain)
A. Civit, Univ. de Sevilla (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5839:
Bioengineered and Bioinspired Systems II
Ricardo A. Carmona; Gustavo Linan-Cembrano, Editor(s)

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