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Frame-rate performance modeling of software MPEG decoder
Author(s): Victor Ramamoorthy
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Paper Abstract

A software MPEG decoder, though attractive in terms of performance and cost, opens up new technical challenges. The most critical question is: When does a software decoder drop a frame? How to predict its timing performance well ahead of its implementation? It is not easy to answer these questions without introducing a stochastic model of the decoding time. With a double buffering scheme, fluctuations in decoding time can be smoothed out to a large extent. However, dropping of frames can not be totally eliminated. New ideas of slip and asymptotic synchronous locking are shown to answer critical design questions of a software decoder. Beneath the troubled world of frame droppings lies the beauty and harmony of our stochastic formulation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 1997
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 3021, Multimedia Hardware Architectures 1997, (17 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263516
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Victor Ramamoorthy, Adaptive Media Technologies (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3021:
Multimedia Hardware Architectures 1997
Sethuraman Panchanathan; Frans Sijstermans, Editor(s)

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