12 May 2016 Optimized hardware framework of MLP with random hidden layers for classification applications
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Multilayer Perceptron Networks with random hidden layers are very efficient at automatic feature extraction and offer significant performance improvements in the training process. They essentially employ large collection of fixed, random features, and are expedient for form-factor constrained embedded platforms. In this work, a reconfigurable and scalable architecture is proposed for the MLPs with random hidden layers with a customized building block based on CORDIC algorithm. The proposed architecture also exploits fixed point operations for area efficiency. The design is validated for classification on two different datasets. An accuracy of ~ 90% for MNIST dataset and 75% for gender classification on LFW dataset was observed. The hardware has 299 speed-up over the corresponding software realization.
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Abdullah M. Zyarah, Abdullah M. Zyarah, Abhishek Ramesh, Abhishek Ramesh, Cory Merkel, Cory Merkel, Dhireesha Kudithipudi, Dhireesha Kudithipudi, "Optimized hardware framework of MLP with random hidden layers for classification applications", Proc. SPIE 9850, Machine Intelligence and Bio-inspired Computation: Theory and Applications X, 985007 (12 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2225498; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2225498

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