Weight Equalizing Shift Scaler-Coupled Post-training Quantization

08/13/2020 ∙ by Jihun Oh, et al. ∙ 0

Post-training, layer-wise quantization is preferable because it is free from retraining and is hardware-friendly. Nevertheless, accuracy degradation has occurred when a neural network model has a big difference of per-out-channel weight ranges. In particular, the MobileNet family has a tragedy drop in top-1 accuracy from 70.60 weight quantization. To mitigate this significant accuracy reduction, we propose a new weight equalizing shift scaler, i.e. rescaling the weight range per channel by a 4-bit binary shift, prior to a layer-wise quantization. To recover the original output range, inverse binary shifting is efficiently fused to the existing per-layer scale compounding in the fixed-computing convolutional operator of the custom neural processing unit. The binary shift is a key feature of our algorithm, which significantly improved the accuracy performance without impeding the memory footprint. As a result, our proposed method achieved a top-1 accuracy of 69.78 robust performance in varying network models and tasks, which is competitive to channel-wise quantization results.

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