Reinforcement Learning-based Layer-wise Quantization For Lightweight Deep Neural Networks

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Network quantization has been widely studied to compress the deep neural network in mobile devices. Conventional methods quantize the network parameters of all layers with the same fixed precision, regardless of the number of parameters in each layer. However, quantizing the weights of the layer with many parameters is more effective in reducing the model size. Accordingly, in this paper, we propose a novel mixed-precision quantization method based on reinforcement learning. Specifically, we utilize the number of parameters at each layer as a prior for our framework. By using the accuracy and the bit-width as a reward, the proposed framework determines the optimal quantization policy for each layer. By applying this policy sequentially, we achieve weighted-average 2.97 bits for the VGG-16 model on the CIFAR-10 dataset with no degradation of the accuracy, compared with its full-precision baseline. We also show that our framework can provide an optimal quantization policy for the VGG-Net and the ResNet to minimize the storage while preserving the accuracy.
IEEE Signal Processing Society
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2020 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP)

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