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A toolset for the analysis and optimization of motion estimation algorithms and processors

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications, 2009 (FPL 2009), Prague
Publisher or commissioning bodyInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages423 - 428
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)19461488
StatePublished - Aug 2009
EventInternational Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications - Prague, Czech Republic


ConferenceInternational Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications
CountryCzech Republic
Period1/08/09 → …


This paper presents a reconfigurable processor designed to execute user-defined block-matching motion estimation algorithms, and a toolset for the design of such algorithms and for the configuration of the processor. The toolset enables the exploration of the processor's design space in order to find an optimal configuration depending on the target application. The use of the toolset to test different configurations for different kinds of video sequences is illustrated. Experimental results show the benefits and cost of certain optimizations in the motion estimation process, and that fast block-matching search algorithms can outperform full search algorithms commonly used in hardware implementations. The usefulness of the toolset in exploring the configuration space is also shown.

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Rose publication type: Conference contribution Additional information: With accompanying conference presentation Sponsorship: The authors gratefully acknowledge the support obtained from the UK EPSRC under grant number EP/E062164/1. Terms of use: Copyright © 2009 IEEE. Reprinted from International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications, 2009 (FPL 2009). This material is posted here with permission of the IEEE. Such permission of the IEEE does not in any way imply IEEE endorsement of any of the University of Bristol's products or services. Internal or personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution must be obtained from the IEEE by writing to By choosing to view this document, you agree to all provisions of the copyright laws protecting it. ISSN: 9781424438921


International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications

Duration1 Aug 2009 → …
CountryCzech Republic

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