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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Case for a field-programmable gate array multicore hybrid machine for an image-processing application
Author(s): Ryan N. Rakvic; Robert W. Ives; Javier Lira; Carlos Molina
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Paper Abstract

General purpose computer designers have recently begun adding cores to their processors in order to increase performance. For example, Intel has adopted a homogeneous quad-core processor as a base for general purpose computing. PlayStation3 (PS3) game consoles contain a multicore heterogeneous processor known as the Cell, which is designed to perform complex image processing algorithms at a high level. Can modern image-processing algorithms utilize these additional cores? On the other hand, modern advancements in configurable hardware, most notably field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have created an interesting question for general purpose computer designers. Is there a reason to combine FPGAs with multicore processors to create an FPGA multicore hybrid general purpose computer? Iris matching, a repeatedly executed portion of a modern iris-recognition algorithm, is parallelized on an Intel-based homogeneous multicore Xeon system, a heterogeneous multicore Cell system, and an FPGA multicore hybrid system. Surprisingly, the cheaper PS3 slightly outperforms the Intel-based multicore on a core-for-core basis. However, both multicore systems are beaten by the FPGA multicore hybrid system by >50%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2011
PDF: 9 pages
J. Electron. Imaging. 20(1) 013015 doi: 10.1117/1.3553798
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 20, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Ryan N. Rakvic, U.S. Naval Academy (United States)
Robert W. Ives, U.S. Naval Academy (United States)
Javier Lira, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Carlos Molina, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)

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