Neural Network Learning (NNL) is compute-intensive. It often involves a dropout technique which effectively regularizes the network to avoid overfitting. As such, a hardware accelerator for dropout NNL has been proposed; however, the existing method encounters a huge transfer cost between hardware and software. This paper proposes Slightly-Slacked Dropout (SS-Dropout), a novel deterministic dropout technique to address the transfer cost while accelerating the process. Experimental results show that our SS-Dropout technique improves both the usual and dropout NNL accelerator, i.e., 1.55 times speed-up and three order-of-magnitude less transfer cost, respectively.
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- コンピュータ ネットワークおよび通信