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A memory-efficient parallel single pass architecture for connected component labeling of streamed images

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5 Author(s)
Klaiber, M. ; Inst. for Parallel & Distrib. Syst., Univ. of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany ; Rockstroh, L. ; Zhe Wang ; Baroud, Y.
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In classical connected component labeling algorithms the image has to be scanned two times. The amount of memory required for these algorithms is at least as high as for storing a full image. By using single pass connected component labeling algorithms, the memory requirement can be reduced by one order of magnitude to only a single image row. This memory reduction which avoids the requirement of high bandwidth external memory is essential to obtain a hardware efficient implementation on FPGAs. These single pass algorithms mapped one-to-one to hardware resources on FPGAs can process only one pixel per clock cycle in the best case. In order to enhance the performance a scalable parallel memory-efficient single pass algorithm for connected component labeling is proposed. The algorithm reduces the amount of memory required by the hardware architecture by a factor of 100 or more, for typical image sizes, compared to a recently proposed parallel connected component labeling algorithm. The architecture is also able to process an image stream with high throughput without the need of buffering a full image.

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Field-Programmable Technology (FPT), 2012 International Conference on

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10-12 Dec. 2012

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