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FPNA: applications and implementations

Bernard Girau


Neural networks are usually considered as naturally parallel computing models. But the number of operators and the complex connection graph of standard neural models can not be handled by digital hardware devices. The Field Programmable Neural Arrays (FPNA) framework introduced in chapter "FPNA: concepts and properties" reconciles simple hardware topologies with complex neural architectures, thanks to some configurable hardware principles applied to neural computation. This two-chapter study (1- concepts and properties, 2- applications and implementations) gathers the different results that have been published about the FPNA concept, as well as some unpublished ones. This second part shows how FPNAs lead to powerful neural architectures that are easy to map onto digital hardware: applications and implementations are described, focusing on a class of synchronous FPNA-derived neural networks, for which on-chip learning is also available.
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inria-00100073 , version 1 (26-09-2006)


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Bernard Girau. FPNA: applications and implementations. Amos Omondi, Jagath Rajapakse. FPGA Implementations of Neural Networks, Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp.43-79, 2004. ⟨inria-00100073⟩
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