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Title: The design of a neural network compiler
Authors: Sulaiman, Md. Nasir
Issue Date: 1994
Publisher: © Md. Nasir Sulaiman
Abstract: Computer simulation is a flexible and economical way for rapid prototyping and concept evaluation with Neural Network (NN) models. Increasing research on NNs has led to the development of several simulation programs. Not all simulations have the same scope. Some simulations allow only a fixed network model and some are more general. Designing a simulation program for general purpose NN models has become a current trend nowadays because of its flexibility and efficiency. A proper programming language specifically for NN models is preferred since the existing high-level languages such as C are for NN designers from a strong computer background. The program translations for NN languages come from combinations which are either interpreter and/or compiler. There are also various styles of programming languages such as a procedural, functional, descriptive and object-oriented. The main focus of this thesis is to study the feasibility of using a compiler method for the development of a general-purpose simulator - NEUCOMP that compiles the program written as a list of mathematical specifications of the particular NN model and translates it into a chosen target program. The language supported by NEUCOMP is based on a procedural style. Information regarding the list of mathematical statements required by the NN models are written in the program. The mathematical statements used are represented by scalar, vector and matrix assignments. NEUCOMP translates these expressions into actual program loops. NEUCOMP enables compilation of a simulation program written in the NEUCOMP language for any NN model, contains graphical facilities such as portraying the NN architecture and displaying a graph of the result during training and finally to have a program that can run on a parallel shared memory multi-processor system.
Description: A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.
Sponsor: Universiti Pertanian Malaysia
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25628
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