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Binary Convolutional neural network by XNOR.AI

Binary Convolutional neural network by XNOR.AI

Great idea to save memory and computation by different type number representation. Convolutional neural network are expensive for its memory needs, specific HW and computational power. This simple trick is able to bring this networks to less power devices.. 

XNOR convolutional neural network

Unique solution ?

I am thinking about this. Let me know in comments how unique is this solution. In automotive industry on embedded HW solutions close to this one already exist.. In convolution layers is this unique, I guess. 
In GPU there is different types of registers to be able calculate FLOAT16 faster than FLOAT32 bit representation. This basically brings something like represent Real 32 bits number as Binary number. This bring the 32x memory saving information. Say in other way, They are introduce approximation of    Y=WX     
 This could be input vector x multiply by w weight metrics for each 
layer. W and X are real number. Float32 or Float 16. The approximation looks like
 alpha is scalar numbers, beta is matrix and W and X are just binary.Lower precision but maybe enough power for some applications. Instead of approximate already learned network BWN. They bring this into the learning of the network. Compute convolution layers during the forward pass is also much more effective, that less power CPU devices could handle the problem in real time. 

  Binary representation Binary field in C

I am going more deeper into this technology.. Let me introduce some operation with binary arrays in C.. This is exciting area. Not so special. Maybe you are programming only in higher languages like Java, python and how to set only one particular bit in C should be interesting for you. It is for me.. There is no direct support for this.. 

int A[2];  when your int is size of 32 bit, You have two integers array.. You can store 64 bits. If you represented image in only black and white is quite limited to represent good features. If you represented this for each color and convolution filters. The representation is not so boring..
One convolution layer should be stored in memory size / 32.

int A[2];
Set first bit of A
setBit(A, 1);

Set fifth bit of A
setBit(A, 5);

This should work only for 32 bit int. In this world we have 16, 31 and maybe more int representations...

void setBit(int *Field,int n) {
Field[n / 32] |= 1 << (n % 32);

void clearBit(int *Field, int n) {
Field[n / 32] &= ~(1 << (n % 32));

n/32 is index in array, n%32 is bit position in Filed[i]
This 1 is like only move this 00001 to the right place by <<  bit shift. The magic is
based on the conditions in this expression shift 1 Hexa, 00001 B to the right position.
000000000 set 0001 to n = 3 ->000001000

This is just example how to work with binary arrays in C. I have a plan to implement this in pure C and introduce more from this implementation.. 
By this principle is possible to write print of the array and almost all you need. 


Look at the founded company using this technology

Check also github

There is some integration into the TORCH, I think also Yolo, darknet but this need some extension for already existing layers.