The high computational demands of the H.264 decoding process pose serious challenges on current processor architectures. A natural way to tackle this problem is the use of multi-core systems. The contribution of this paper lies in a systematic overview and performance evaluation of parallel video decoding approaches. Our study investigates six methods for accomplishing data-parallel splitting in strongly resource-restricted environments inherent to mobile devices. These methods are compared against each other in terms of run-time complexity, core usage, inter-communication and bus transfers. We present benchmark results using different numbers of processor cores. Our results shall aid in finding a splitting strategy that is best suited for the targeted hardware-architecture.
F. Seitner, M. Bleyer, R. Schreier, M. Gelautz: "Evaluation of data-parallel splitting approaches for H.264 decoding"; Talk: 6th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia, Linz; 11-24-2008 - 11-26-2008; in: "Proc. of the 6th Int. Conf. on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia", (2008), ISBN: 978-1-60558-269-6; 40 - 49.
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