ztachip by vuongdnguyen
ztachip is an opensource framework for Domain Specific Architecture.
Domain Specific Architecture defines the hardware/software architectures that can accelerate a particular class of applications very efficiently. The class of applications that ztachip accelerates today are AI and vision processing tasks.
ztachip has the full hardware implementation available in VHDL source code.
ztachip is fully software programmable by using a special tensor programming paradigm.
Unlike many other AI hardware architectures, ztachip is flexible enough to run not just neural-network functions, but also a wide range of image processing such as image resizing, edge detection, image blurring, optical flow, harris corner feature extraction,...
Latest results based on SSD-MobiNet AI inference performance show ztachip to be 5.5x more computational efficient than Nvidia's Jetson Nano and 37x more computational efficient than Google's TPU edge. Click here for detailed performance analysis.
This is a great YouTube video about why the future of computing is Domain Specific Architecture. Stanford Seminar - New Golden Age for Computer Architecture presented by John Hennessy, 2017 Turing Award Recipient / Chairman, Alphabet
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Run objectDetection,edgeDetection,motionDetection and featureOfInterest extraction together at same time.
Run image classfication using MobiNetv2.0 from Google TensorFlowLite (no retraining required)
Run Edge detection
Run HarrisCorner feature of interest extraction
This demonstration runs on DE10_NANO FPGA board
Ztachip Build Procedure
Ztachip Architecture - How it works
Programmers Guide - How to program ztachip
Hardware Simulation Guide - How to simulate ztachip
AI stack - How to build AI applications with ztachip
Vision stack - How to build embedded vision applications with ztachip
I created this project as a community project for us to experiment on some research idea in the area of Domain Specific Architecture.
So how ztachip measured up against other solutions?
Results up to now look very promising. Click here for result analysis.
Please send me your feedback comments and ideas. Much appreciated.
Copyright and license
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