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Spiking neural networks (SNNs) employing memristive synapses are capable of life-long online learning. Because of their ability to process and classify large amounts of data in real-time using compact and low-power electronic systems, they promise a substantial technology breakthrough. However, the critical issue that memristor-based SNNs have to face is the fundamental limitation in their memory capacity due to finite resolution of the synaptic elements, which leads to the replacement of old memories with new ones and to a finite memory lifetime. In this study we demonstrate that the nonlinear conductance dynamics of memristive devices can be exploited to improve the memory lifetime of a network. The network is simulated on the basis of a spiking neuron model of mixed-signal digital-analogue sub-threshold neuromorphic CMOS circuits, and on memristive synapse models derived from the experimental …
IOP Publishing
Publication date: 
31 Oct 2018

Stefano Brivio, Daniele Conti, Manu V Nair, Jacopo Frascaroli, Erika Covi, Carlo Ricciardi, Giacomo Indiveri, Sabina Spiga

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Volume: 30 Issue: 1 Pages: 015102