Memory cost vs. coding efficiency trade-offs for HEVC motion estimation engine
Author(s)Sinangil, Mahmut E.; Chandrakasan, Anantha P.; Sze, Vivienne; Zhou, Minhua; Sinangil, Mahmut
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This paper presents a comparison between various High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) motion estimation configurations in terms of coding efficiency and memory cost in hardware. An HEVC motion estimation hardware model that is suitable to implement HEVC reference software (HM) search algorithm is created and memory area and data bandwidth requirements are calculated based on this model. 11 different motion estimation configurations are considered. Supporting smaller block sizes is shown to impose significant memory cost in hardware although the coding gain achieved through supporting them is relatively smaller. Hence, depending on target encoder specifications, the decision can be made not to support certain block sizes. Specifically, supporting only 64x64, 32x32 and 16x16 block sizes provide 3.2X on-chip memory area, 26X on-chip bandwidth and 12.5X off-chip bandwidth savings at the expense of 12% bit-rate increase when compared to the anchor configuration supporting all block sizes.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Proceedings of the 2012 19th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP)
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Sinangil, Mahmut E., Anantha P. Chandrakasan, Vivienne Sze, and Minhua Zhou. “Memory Cost Vs. Coding Efficiency Trade-Offs for HEVC Motion Estimation Engine.” 2012 19th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (September 2012).
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