Rescuing RRAM-based Computing from Static and Dynamic Faults

Jilan Lin, Cheng Da Wen, Xing Hu, Tianqi Tang, Ing Chao Lin, Yu Wang, Yuan Xie

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Emerging Resistive Random Access Memory (RRAM) has shown the great potential of in-memory processing capability, and thus attracts considerable research interests in accelerating memory-intensive applications, such as neural networks. However, the accuracy of RRAM-based NN computing can degrade significantly, due to the intrinsic statistical variations of the resistance of RRAM cells. In this paper, we propose SIGHT, a SynergIstic alGorithm-arcHitecture fault-Tolerant framework, to holistically address this issue. Specifically, we consider three major types of faults for RRAM computing: non-linear resistance distribution, static variation, and dynamic variation. From the algorithm level, we propose a resistance-aware quantization to compel the neural network parameters to follow the exact non-linear resistance distribution as RRAM, and introduce an input regulation technique to compensate for RRAM variations. We also propose a selective weight refreshing scheme to address the dynamic variation issue that occurs at run-time. From the architecture level, we propose a general and low-cost architecture accordingly for supporting our fault-tolerant scheme. Our evaluation demonstrates almost no accuracy loss for our three fault-tolerant algorithms, and the proposed SIGHT architecture incurs performance overhead as little as 7.14%.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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