VoCaM: Visualization oriented convolutional neural network acceleration on mobile system: Invited paper


Conference Paper

© 2017 IEEE. Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) have been widely investigated as some of the most promising solution for various computer vision tasks. However, CNNs introduce massive computing overhead due to their complex network computing flow, resulting in significantly reduced applicability and performance, especially in the mobile devices. Various optimization schemes have been proposed mainly based on both model compression and stacked external computing resources. While these schemes have been proven effective, methods which take into account mobile-specific context-aware optimization approaches have been largely overlooked. One such opportunity is the feasible CNN computing flow simplification to the under-test objects with distinguish features, which can be efficiently pre-analyzed inside the mobile sensor system. Hence, we propose VoCaM, a visualization oriented CNN acceleration framework on mobile devices for image classification tasks. VoCaM takes advantage of the mobile camera system, where the comprehensive pre-analysis can be conducted to reveal the color composition of the under-test images without incurring any additional overhead. Also, the visualization analysis of VoCaM reveals that, certain color-specific filters may have very trivial result impact when the under-test images have mismatching primary color components. Then a set of approximate computing methods is applied to these insignificant filters to replace the intensive convolutional operation, and greatly accelerate the computing process. With ignorable overhead, VoCaM can significantly optimize the computation load of the convolutional layers, with very small impact on the overall classification accuracy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Qin, Z; Xu, Z; Dong, Q; Chen, Y; Chen, X

Published Date

  • December 13, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2017-November /

Start / End Page

  • 835 - 840

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1092-3152

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781538630938

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/ICCAD.2017.8203864

Citation Source

  • Scopus