ARM 4-BIT PQ: SIMD-based Acceleration for Approximate Nearest Neighbor Search on ARM. (arXiv:2203.02505v1 [cs.LG])

We accelerate the 4-bit product quantization (PQ) on the ARM architecture.
Notably, the drastic performance of the conventional 4-bit PQ strongly relies
on x64-specific SIMD register, such as AVX2; hence, we cannot yet achieve such
good performance on ARM. To fill this gap, we first bundle two 128-bit
registers as one 256-bit component. We then apply shuffle operations for each
using the ARM-specific NEON instruction. By making this simple but critical
modification, we achieve a dramatic speedup for the 4-bit PQ on an ARM
architecture. Experiments show that the proposed method consistently achieves a
10x improvement over the naive PQ with the same accuracy.

Source: https://arxiv.org/abs/2203.02505

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