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An Open-Source Automated Design Space Exploration Framework for Approximate Accelerators in FPGAs and ASICs

Vojtech Mrazek


The automated generation of approximate circuits and accelerators has been a useful design strategy to achieve energy efficiency and/or performance improvements. In this work, we propose a framework, autoAx, that leverages machine learning models that evaluate the state-of-the-art approximate components to explore the architecture space effectively. These accelerators are modeled at RTL and optimized using an evolutionary algorithm. The AutoAx framework is extensible, open-source, and can assist in exploring new directions in high-level approximation. Its source code is available at