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Distributed memory systems for simulating artificial neural networks

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  • Computer Science & Automation (Formerly
  • School Of Automation)
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics


In executing tasks involving intelligent information processing, the human brain performs better than the digital computer. The human brain derives its power from a large number $[O(10^{11})]$ of neurons which are interconnected by a dense interconnection network $[O(10^5)$ connections per neuron]. Artificial neural network (ANN) paradigms adopt the structure of the brain to try to emulate the intelligent information processing methods of the brain. ANN techniques are being employed to solve problems in areas such as pattern recognition, and robotic processing. Simulation of ANNs involves implementation of large number of neurons and a massive interconnection network. In this paper, we discuss various simulation models of ANNs and their implementation on distributed memory systems. Our investigations reveal that communication-efficient networks of distributed memory systems perform better than other topologies in implementing ANNs.

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