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Effective Pruning of Binary Activation Neural Networks

Severa, William M.; Dellana, Ryan A.; Vineyard, Craig M.

Deep learning networks have become a vital tool for image and data processing tasks for deployed and edge applications. Resource constraints, particularly low power budgets, have motivated methods and devices for efficient on-edge inference. Two promising methods are reduced precision communication networks (e.g. binary activation spiking neural networks) and weight pruning. In this paper, we provide a preliminary exploration for combining these two methods, specifically in-training weight pruning of whetstone networks, to achieve deep networks with both sparse weights and binary activations.