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A Review of Binarized Neural Networks

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, USA
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Electronics 2019, 8(6), 661;
Received: 14 May 2019 / Revised: 3 June 2019 / Accepted: 5 June 2019 / Published: 12 June 2019
In this work, we review Binarized Neural Networks (BNNs). BNNs are deep neural networks that use binary values for activations and weights, instead of full precision values. With binary values, BNNs can execute computations using bitwise operations, which reduces execution time. Model sizes of BNNs are much smaller than their full precision counterparts. While the accuracy of a BNN model is generally less than full precision models, BNNs have been closing accuracy gap and are becoming more accurate on larger datasets like ImageNet. BNNs are also good candidates for deep learning implementations on FPGAs and ASICs due to their bitwise efficiency. We give a tutorial of the general BNN methodology and review various contributions, implementations and applications of BNNs. View Full-Text
Keywords: Binarized Neural Networks; Deep Neural Networks; deep learning; FPGA; digital design; deep neural network compression Binarized Neural Networks; Deep Neural Networks; deep learning; FPGA; digital design; deep neural network compression
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