Predictable component-based software design of real-time MPEG-4 video applications

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Abstract

Component-based software development is very attractive, because it allows a clear decomposition of logical processing blocks into software blocks and it offers wide reuse. The strong real-time requirements of media processing systems should be validated as soon as possible to avoid costly system redesign. This can be achieved by prediction of timing and performance properties. In this paper, we propose a scenario simulation design approach featuring early performance prediction of a component-based software system. We validated this approach through a case study, for which we developed an advanced MPEG-4 coding application. The benefits of the approach are threefold: (a) high accuracy of the predicted performance data; (b) it delivers an efficient real-time software-hardware implementation, because the generic computational costs become known in advance, and (c) improved ease of use because of a high abstraction level of modelling. Experiments showed that the prediction accuracy of the system performance is about 90% or higher, while the prediction accuracy of the time-detailed processor usage (performance) does not get lower than 70%. However, the real-time performance requirements are sometimes not met, e.g. when other applications require intensive memory usage, thereby imposing delays on the retrieval from memory of the decoder data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVisual Communications and Image Processing (VCIP 2005, Beijing, China, July 12-15, 2005), Paper 241, CD-ROM
Place of PublicationBellingham
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Print)0-8194-6005-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
Volume5960
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

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