Cellular Neural Network Friendly Convolutional Neural Networks -- CNNs with CNNs

András Horváth1, Michael Hillmer2,a, Qiuwen Lou2,b, X. Sharon Hu2,c and Michael Niemier2,d
1Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary.
2Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA.


This paper discusses the development and evaluation of a Cellular Neural Network (CeNN) friendly deep learning network for solving the MNIST digit recognition problem. Prior work has shown that CeNNs leveraging emerging technologies such as tunnel transistors can improve energy or EDP of CeNNs, while simultaneously offering richer/more complex functionality. Important questions to address are what applications can benefit from CeNNs, and whether CeNNs can eventually outperform other alternatives at the application-level in terms of energy, performance, and accuracy. This paper begins to address these questions by using the MNIST problem as a case study.

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