Binarized Neural Network for Single Image Super Resolution
Jingwei Xin, Nannan Wang, Xinrui Jiang, Jie Li, Heng Huang, Xinbo Gao
Lighter model and faster inference are the focus of current single image super-resolution (SISR) research. However, existing methods are still hard to be applied in real-world applications due to the requirement of its heavy computation. Model quantization is an effective way to significantly reduce model size and computation time. We propose a simple but effective binary neural networks (BNN) based SISR model with a novel binarization scheme. Specially, we design a bit-accumulation mechanism to approximate the full-precision values, which could realize the approximation to the full precision number by accumulating the multi-layer's one-bit values.The proposed BNN-based SISR method could achieve superior performance with lower computational complexity and less model parameters. Extensive experiments show that the proposed model outperforms the state-of-the-art methods (binarization methods such as BNN, DoReFa-Net and ABC-Net) by large margins on 4 benchmark datasets, specially by average more than 0.8 dB in terms of Peak Signal-to-Noise Ratio (PSNR) on Set5 dataset."