SyFAxO-GeN: Synthesizing FPGA-Based Approximate Operators with Generative Networks.

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With rising trends of moving AI inference to the edge, due to communication and privacy challenges, there has been a growing focus on designing low-cost Edge-AI. Given the diversity of application areas at the edge, FPGA-based systems are increasingly used for high-performance inference. Similarly, approximate computing has emerged as a viable approach to achieve disproportionate resource gains by utilizing the applications' inherent robustness. However, most related research has focused on selecting the appropriate approximate operators for an application from a set of ASIC-based designs. This approach fails to leverage the FPGA's architectural benefits and limits the scope of approximation to already existing generic designs. To this end, we propose an AI-based approach to synthesizing novel approximate operators for FPGA's Look-up-table-based structure. Specifically, we use state-of-the-art generative networks to search for constraint-aware arithmetic operator designs optimized for FPGA-based implementation. With the proposed GANs, we report up to 49% faster training, with negligible accuracy degradation, than related generative networks. Similarly, we report improved hypervolume and increased pareto-front design points compared to state-of-the-art approaches to synthesizing approximate multipliers.


TitelASP-DAC 2023 - 28th Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference, Proceedings
ISBN (elektronisch)9781450397834
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 16 Jan. 2023

Externe IDs

Scopus 85148485011
Mendeley 5a3e1119-64eb-320d-9d45-6cb3647413fb


Forschungsprofillinien der TU Dresden


  • AI-based Exploration, Approximate Computing, Arithmetic Operator Design, Circuit Synthesis