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Configurable hardware for symbolic search operations

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3 Author(s)
Seonil Choi ; Univ. of Southern California, CA, USA ; Yongwha Chung ; V. K. Prasana

Most intermediate and high-level vision tasks manipulate symbolic data. A kernel operation in these vision tasks is to search symbolic data satisfying certain geometric constraints. Such operations are data-dependent and their memory access patterns are irregular. In this paper, we propose a fast parallel design for symbolic search operations using configurable hardware. Using a pointer array and a bit-level index array, we manipulate the symbolic data and show high performance can be achieved. Depending on the input data, a corresponding search window is calculated and symbolic search operations are performed in parallel. Performance estimates using 16 Xilinx XC6216s and memory modules are very promising. Given 3519 line segments (extracted from an 1024×1024 pixel image), the operation can be performed in 1.11 milliseconds on our FPGA-based platform. On a Sun UltraSPARC Model 140, the same operation implemented using C takes 690 milliseconds. Although we illustrate our design for a specific search operation, our design technique can be applied to related search operations with minor modifications. Also, it can be ported to other FPGA devices

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Parallel and Distributed Systems, 1997. Proceedings., 1997 International Conference on

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10-13 Dec 1997