MNSIM: Simulation platform for memristor-based neuromorphic computing system

Lixue Xia, Boxun Li, Tianqi Tang, Peng Gu, Xiling Yin, Wenqin Huangfu, Pai Yu Chen, Shimeng Yu, Yu Cao, Yu Wang, Yuan Xie, Huazhong Yang

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Memristor-based neuromorphic computing system provides a promising solution to significantly boost the power efficiency of computing system. Memristor-based neuromorphic computing system has a wide range of design choices, such as the various memristor crossbar cell designs and different parallelism degrees of peripheral circuits. However, a memristor-based neuromorphic computing system simulator, which is able to model the system and realize an early-stage design space exploration, is still missing. In this paper, we develop a memristor-based neuromorphic system simulation platform (MNSIM). MNSIM proposes a general hierarchical structure for memristor-based neuromophic computing system, and provides flexible interface for users to customize the design. MNSIM also provides a detailed reference design for large-scale applications. MNSIM embeds estimation models of area, power, and latency to simulate the performance of system. To estimate the computing accuracy, MNSIM proposes a behavior-level model between computing error rate and crossbar design parameters considering the influence of interconnect lines and non-ideal device factors. The error rate between our accuracy model and SPICE simulation result is less than 1%. Experimental results show that MNSIM achieves more than 7000 times speed-up compared with SPICE and obtains reasonable accuracy. MNSIM can further estimate the trade-off between computing accuracy, energy, latency, and area among different designs for optimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783981537062
StatePublished - Apr 25 2016
Event19th Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2016 - Dresden, Germany
Duration: Mar 14 2016Mar 18 2016


Other19th Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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