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Algorithm-Hardware Co-design for Low-Power Smart Home AI Devices
thesisposted on 01.05.2020, 00:00 by Nikolai Iliev
Recent advances in CMOS VLSI technology have enabled the tremendous growth of devices at the edge of the cloud and in indoor environments: IoT indoor appliances, mobile indoor medical assistants, mobile indoor manufacturing platforms, indoor drone assistants, and others. As anticipated, this growth (in edge-device numbers and capabilities) is generating large communications and data processing workloads for the servers in the cloud. One approach to help manage this trend is to make the edge-nodes more intelligent and able to process more data onboard (within the edge-node) before communicating with the servers. This thesis proposes hardware accelerator solutions to three types of onboard (within platform) processing: Spatial Self-Localization (SSL) which localizes the platform in space, Speaker Recognition (SpkrRec) which allows human voice control of the platform and authentication of the human speaker, and Fully-Connected layer evaluation in Neural Networks ( FC-NN ) for accelerated neural network processing withing the platform. Onboard processing is assumed to include a multi-core SoC (CPU/GPU), conventional SRAM and DRAM memory as well as high bandwidth memory, HBM or 3D-DRAM, and communication and sensing subsystems. The SSL, SpkRec, and FC-NN accelerators can be integrated with the SoC’s peripheral bus structures such as AXI-Stream, AXI-Lite, AXI-HBM, JESD235A, JESD235B, GPMC, DMA, and similar high-speed processor interfaces.