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Siemens: Application-Specific Neural Network Inference

October 29, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


There is a wide range of solutions for implementation of the inference stage of convolutional neural networks available on the market. Almost all of them follow a generic accelerator approach which introduces overhead and implementation penalties for a specific network configuration. High-level Synthesis leverages application/network specific optimizations to further optimize PPA for specific neural networks or classes of networks. This webinar gives an introduction to the design flow starting from AI/ML frameworks like TensorFlow down to FPGA/ASIC and relevant optimization techniques.

This webinar is part 6 of the webinar series “HLS for Vision and Deep Learning Hardware Accelerators

What You Will Learn

  • How HLS is used to implement a computer vision algorithm in either an FPGA or ASIC technology and the trade-offs for power and performance.
  • How HLS is employed to analyze unique architectures for a very energy-efficient inference solution such as a CNN (Convolutional Neural Network) from a pre-trained network.
  • How to integrate the design created in HLS into a larger system, including peripherals, processor, and software.
  • How to verify the design in the context of the larger system and how to deploy it into an FPGA prototype board.

Products Covered

Who Should Attend

  • RTL Designers or Project Managers interested in moving up to HLS to improve design and verification productivity.
  • Architects or hardware-aware algorithm developers in the field of image processing, computer vision, machine and deep learning, that are interested in rapid and accurate exploration of power/performance metrics.
  • New project teams with only a few hardware designers and multiple software experts that want to rapidly create high-performance FPGA or ASIC IP for computer vision or deep learning markets.
Herbert Taucher

Herbert TaucherHerbert is responsible for industrial research in electronics in Siemens. His team is working on computing architectures and design flows for secure and safe real-time capable industrial Edge Computing. There is a special focus on AI/ML as compute workload and on leveraging AI/ML in the design flow. Herbert has a 20+ year history in SoC/ASIC/FPGA design.

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