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SCiMA: A Generic Single-Cycle Compute-in-Memory Acceleration Scheme for Matrix Computations

IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS)

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This work proposes a new generic Single-cycle Compute-in-Memory (CiM) Accelerator for matrix computation named SCiMA. SCiMA is developed on top of the existing commodity Spin-Orbit Torque Magnetic Random-Access Memory chip. Every sub-array’s peripherals are transformed to realize a full set of single-cycle 2- and 3-input in-memory bulk bitwise functions specifically designed to accelerate a wide variety of graph and matrix multiplication tasks. We explore SCiMA’s efficiency by selecting a complex matrix processing operation, i.e., calculating determinant as an essential and under-explored application in the CiM domain. The cross-layer device-to-architecture simulation framework shows the presented platform can reduce energy consumption by 70.43% compared with the most recent CiM designs implemented with the same memory technology. SCiMA also achieves up to 2.5x speedup compared with current CiM platforms.


Sepehr Tabrizchi, Shaahin Angizi, Arman Roohi

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