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  1. The continuous growth of CNN complexity not only intensifies the need for hardware acceleration but also presents a huge challenge. That is, the solution space for CNN hardware design and dataflow mapping becomes enormously large besides the fact that it is discrete and lacks a well behaved structure. Most previous works either are stochastic metaheuristics, such as genetic algorithm, which are typically very slow for solving large problems, or rely on expensive sampling, e.g., Gumbel Softmax-based differentiable optimization and Bayesian optimization. We propose an analytical model for evaluating power and performance of CNN hardware design and dataflow solutions. Based on this model, we introduce a co-optimization method consisting of nonlinear programming and parallel local search. A key innovation in this model is its matrix form, which enables the use of deep learning toolkit for highly efficient computations of power/performance values and gradients in the optimization. In handling power-performance tradeoff, our method can lead to better solutions than minimizing a weighted sum of power and latency. The average relative error of our model compared with Timeloop is as small as 1%. Compared to state-of-the-art methods, our approach achieves solutions with up to 1.7 × shorter inference latency, 37.5% less power consumption,more »and 3 × less area on ResNet 18. Moreover, it provides a 6.2 × speedup of optimization« less
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