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Motivation

This project serves as a working tutorial for in-memory computing, and we intend to make the design space exploration tool for it based on a Jupyter notebook. This can help broaden participation of students and junior professionals in in-memory computing, and use this as an enablement for domain-specific accelerator design and domain-specific computing.

Background Information

Many types of hardware accelerators for machine learning have been proposed, such as those based on standard-cell design (starting with transaction-level models in SystemC or behavioral models), IP block -based models using a behavioral HDL (in Verilog, VHDL, or SystemVerilog) or other high-level HDL, such as Chisel HDL, PyMTL, PyRTL, or Clash, Coarse-Grained Reconfigurable Architecture (CGRA), FPGA implementations, or in-memory computing.

Project Description

We implement a series of in-memory computing designs for machine learning, using SRAMs (based on my open-source Modica-SRAM project), DRAM, and non-volatile memories subsystems (NVRAM) that use memristors, FinFETs, and antiferromagnetic magnetic devices.

We are planning to tape-out either the NVRAM design or the design based on antiferromagnetic magnetic devices, depending on the trade-offs in their metric scores based on simulation results. We will tapeout the design with a better trade-off of optimization metrics.

Future Work

Future work involves implementing other non-von Neumann computing paradigms, such as hyperdimensional computing.

 

References

 

@phdthesis{Imani2020,
    Address = {La Jolla, {CA}},
    Author = {Mohsen Imani},
    Howpublished = {Available online from {\it University of California: California Digital Library: {eScholarship} Publishing: {UC} San Diego: {UC} San Diego Electronic Theses and Dissertations} at: \url{https://escholarship.org/uc/item/9mm4b9f0}; September 3, 2020 was the last accessed date},
    School = {{University of California, San Diego}},
    Title = {Machine Learning in IoT Systems: From Deep Learning to Hyperdimensional Computing},
    Url = {https://escholarship.org/uc/item/9mm4b9f0},
    Year = {2020}}

https://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/news/articles/2021/06/a-more-robust-memory-device-for-ai-systems/

https://www.mram-info.com/researchers-developed-promising-antiferromagnetic-mram-device-structure

Owner

Zhiyang Ong

Summary

We implement a series of in-memory computing designs for machine learning, using SRAMs (based on my open-source Modica-SRAM project), DRAM, and non-volatile memories subsystems (NVRAM) that use memristors, FinFETs, and antiferromagnetic magnetic devices. We are planning to tape-out either the NVRAM design or the design based on antiferromagnetic magnetic devices, depending on the trade-offs in their metric scores based on simulation results. We will tapeout the design with a better trade-off of optimization metrics.

Version

1.0

Category

acc

Process

sky130A

Shuttle Tags

SSCS-21

Tags

FInFET-based memory subsystems

in-memory computing

memristive neuromorphic processors

NVRAM