TensorQuant

Sparsity in Deep Neural Networks - An Empirical Investigation with TensorQuant. Deep learning is finding its way into the embedded world with applications such as autonomous driving, smart sensors and aug- mented reality. However, the computation of deep neural networks is demanding in energy, compute power and memory. Various approaches have been investigated to reduce the necessary resources, one of which is to leverage the sparsity occurring in deep neural networks due to the high levels of redundancy in the network parameters. It has been shown that sparsity can be promoted specifically and the achieved sparsity can be very high. But in many cases the methods are evaluated on rather small topologies. It is not clear if the results transfer onto deeper topologies. In this paper, the TensorQuant toolbox has been extended to offer a platform to investigate sparsity, especially in deeper models. Several practical relevant topologies for varying classification problem sizes are investigated to show the differences in sparsity for activations, weights and gradients.

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