An adaptive parallel computer vision system

Jeong Min Kim, Youngsik Kim, Shin Dug Kim, Tack Don Han, Sung Bong Yang

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An approach for designing a hybrid parallel system that can perform different levels of parallelism adaptively is presented. An adaptive parallel computer vision system (APVIS) is proposed to attain this goal. The APVIS is constructed by integrating two different types of parallel architectures, i.e. a multiprocessor based system (MBS) and a memory based processor array (MPA), tightly into a single machine. One important feature in the APVIS is that the programming interface to execute data parallel code onto the MPA is the same as the usual subroutine calling mechanism. Thus the existence of the MPA is transparent to the programmers. This research is to design an underlying base architecture that can be optimally executed for a broad range of vision tasks. A performance model is provided to show the effectiveness of the APVIS. It turns out that the proposed APVIS can provide significant performance improvement and cost effectiveness for highly parallel applications having a mixed set of parallelisms. Also an example application composed of a series of vision algorithms, from low-level and medium-level processing steps, is mapped onto the MPA. Consequently, the APVIS with a few or tens of MPA modules can perform the chosen example application in real time when multiple images are incoming successively with a few seconds inter-arrival time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-334
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


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