Scheduling in programmable video signal processors

G. Essink, E.H.L. Aarts, R. Dongen, van, P. Gerwen, van, J.H.M. Korst, K. Vissers

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The authors discuss the problem of mapping algorithms for real-time processing of digital video signals onto a fixed configuration of identical programmable video signal processors. Due to the periodic nature of the algorithms and the small periods that are involved, successive executions of the algorithm have to be interleaved in time. The resulting scheduling problem is mathematically modeled and examined. The authors present a novel solution approach that is based on a divide-and-conquer strategy using phase assignment as the central part. This approach has been implemented and it gives good results for industrially significant video applications. Specifically, the proposed approach has been implemented in only 1300 lines of C and has been applied to a number of problem instances, whose signal flow graphs originate from industrially relevant algorithms, including contour enhancement and progressive scan, noise reduction, 4:3 to 16:9 screen format conversion, and a very elaborate progressive scan algorithm.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD'91, Santa Clara CA, USA, November 11-14, 1991)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print) 0-8186-2157-5
Publication statusPublished - 1991


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