Memristive GAN in Analog

O. Krestinskaya, B. Choubey, A. P. James

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Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) requires extensive computing resources making its implementation in edge devices with conventional microprocessor hardware a slow and difficult, if not impossible task. In this paper, we propose to accelerate these intensive neural computations using memristive neural networks in analog domain. The implementation of Analog Memristive Deep Convolutional GAN (AM-DCGAN) using Generator as deconvolutional and Discriminator as convolutional memristive neural network is presented. The system is simulated at circuit level with 1.7 million memristor devices taking into account memristor non-idealities, device and circuit parameters. The design is modular with crossbar arrays having a minimum average power consumption per neural computation of 47nW. The design exclusively uses the principles of neural network dropouts resulting in regularization and lowering the power consumption. The SPICE level simulation of GAN is performed with 0.18 μm CMOS technology and WOx memristive devices with RON = 40 kΩ and ROFF = 250 kΩ, threshold voltage 0.8 V and write voltage at 1.0 V.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

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