Technological Exploration of RRAM Crossbar Array for Matrix-Vector Multiplication

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

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Abstract

Matrix-vector multiplication is the key operation for many computationally intensive algorithms. The emerging metal oxide resistive switching random access memory (RRAM) device and RRAM crossbar array have demonstrated a promising hardware realization of the analog matrix-vector multiplication with ultra-high energy efficiency. In this paper, we analyze the impact of both device level and circuit level non-ideal factors, including the nonlinear current-voltage relationship of RRAM devices, the variation of device fabrication and write operation, and the interconnect resistance as well as other crossbar array parameters. On top of that, we propose a technological exploration flow for device parameter configuration to overcome the impact of non-ideal factors and achieve a better trade-off among performance, energy, and reliability for each specific application. Our simulation results of a support vector machine (SVM) and Mixed National Institute of Standards and Technology (MNIST) pattern recognition dataset show that RRAM crossbar array based SVM is robust to input signal fluctuation but sensitive to tunneling gap deviation. A further resistance resolution test presents that a 6-bit RRAM device is able to realize a recognition accuracy around 90 %, indicating the physical feasibility of RRAM crossbar array based SVM. In addition, the proposed technological exploration flow is able to achieve 10.98 % improvement of recognition accuracy on the MNIST dataset and 26.4 % energy savings compared with previous work. Experimental results also show that more than 84.4 % power saving can be achieved at the cost of little accuracy reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-19
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Computer Science and Technology
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • electronic design automation
  • machine learning
  • matrix-vector multiplication
  • non-ideal factor
  • resistive switching random access memory (RRAM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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