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Implementation of a visual difference metric using commodity graphics hardware
Author(s): Jered E. Windsheimer; Gary W. Meyer
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Paper Abstract

A visual difference metric was implemented on a commodity graphics card to take advantage of the increased processing power available today in a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). The specific algorithm employed was the Sarnoff Visual Discrimination Metric (Sarnoff VDM). To begin the implementation, the typical architecture of a contemporary GPU was analyzed and some general strategies were developed for performing image processing tasks on GPUs. The stages of the Sarnoff VDM were then mapped onto the hardware and the implementation was completed. A performance analysis showed that the algorithm's speed had been increased by an order of magnitude over the original version that only ran on a CPU. The same analysis showed that the energy stage was the most expensive in terms of both program size and processing time. An interactive version of the Sarnoff VDM was developed and some ideas for additional applications of GPU based visual difference metrics were suggested.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5292, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging IX, (7 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.537124
Show Author Affiliations
Jered E. Windsheimer, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Gary W. Meyer, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5292:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging IX
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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