Sigma Delta Quantized Networks

Peter O'Connor, Max Welling

Nov 04, 2016 (modified: Apr 03, 2017) ICLR 2017 conference submission readers: everyone
  • Abstract: Deep neural networks can be obscenely wasteful. When processing video, a convolutional network expends a fixed amount of computation for each frame with no regard to the similarity between neighbouring frames. As a result, it ends up repeatedly doing very similar computations. To put an end to such waste, we introduce Sigma-Delta networks. With each new input, each layer in this network sends a discretized form of its change in activation to the next layer. Thus the amount of computation that the network does scales with the amount of change in the input and layer activations, rather than the size of the network. We introduce an optimization method for converting any pre-trained deep network into an optimally efficient Sigma-Delta network, and show that our algorithm, if run on the appropriate hardware, could cut at least an order of magnitude from the computational cost of processing video data.
  • TL;DR: A deep neural network that saves computation on temporal data by using neurons that only communicate their changes in activation
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  • Keywords: Computer vision, Deep learning, Applications