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ISO/OSI compliant network-on-chip implementation for CNN applications
Author(s): Suleyman Malki; Andreas Hansson; Lambert Spaanenburg; Benny Akesson
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Paper Abstract

The paper investigates the potential for a packet switching network for real-time image processing by a Cellular Neural Network (CNN) implemented on a Field-Programmable Gate-Array (FPGA). The implementation of a CNN requires several parameter restrictions with respect to the universal concept. For instance, the number representation and the cloning template are often confined to respectively 8 bits and a neighborhood of 1. It has been shown that optimal (i.e. minimal level) CNN architectures as derived from a morphological specification of the desired operation lead to arbitrarily large templates. A subsequent transformation step can turn this into a sequence of smaller templates for a specified hardware platform. The existence of a generic platform that can already handle the universal CNN architecture for prototyping and verification eliminates this need for technology-driven performance degradation. The proposed packet switcher consists of a physical layer where the CNN nodal function is performed, a data-link layer where the nodal data are maintained, a network layer with the packet receiver and sender and the actual switch as element of the transport layer. This ISO/OSI compliant level-wise structure monitors the network parameters and autonomously adjusts for the size of the neighborhood. It separates the broadcast of the network variables from the actual computation, allowing each to be executed at its own speed. The concept is tested on a re-design of the ILVA architecture and has been shown to handle arbitrary neighborhoods and precision at a comparable size and speed (1 node per BlockRAM / multiplier module @220 MHz clock).

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5839, Bioengineered and Bioinspired Systems II, (29 June 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.608534
Show Author Affiliations
Suleyman Malki, Lund Univ. (Sweden)
Andreas Hansson, Lund Univ. (Sweden)
Lambert Spaanenburg, Lund Univ. (Sweden)
Benny Akesson, Lund Univ. (Sweden)


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

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