CoMIC: Complementary Memristor based In-memory Computing in 3D Architecture

Fanchun Lalchhandama, Kamalika Datta, Sandip Chakraborty, Rolf Drechsler, Indranil Sengupta

In: Zonghua Gu (editor). Journal of Systems Architecture: Embedded Software Design (JSA) 126 5 Pages 1-13 Science Direct 5/2022.


The use of memristors, also known as Resistive Random Access Memory (ReRAM), has been widely investigated in recent years for non-volatile memory design applications. Memristors can also be used for realizing logic operations, leading to new in-memory computing (IMC) architectures. However, the presence of sneak paths in crossbar arrays limits the practical use of such systems. In this paper, we introduce a novel sneak path-free ReRAM system capable of both memory and logic operations using Complementary Resistive Switches (CRS) or Complementary Memristors (CMs) crossbar array. CMs can mitigate the effect of sneak paths and are good candidates for realizing three-dimensional memory array. A novel IMC-enabled two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) crossbar architecture have been proposed. The devices are modeled using the VTEAM memristor model and can perform majority (MAJ) gate operations directly on the crossbar. A logic mapping approach is also proposed, allowing serial and parallel evaluation of MAJ operations for given high-level logic functions. The efficacy of the approach has been evaluated by estimating the computation cycles, crossbar size, delay, and energy for various benchmark functions. The results show that the proposed method yields up to 91.19% improvement over an existing IMC method in computation steps and 78.90% reduction in terms of the number of memristors required.

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz