Energy efficiency analysis of multi MPEG-4 decoder systems

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List of Authors: Lafond S, Boutellier J, Lilius J, Silven O
Editors: Creutzburg, Reiner and Takala, Jarmo
Publication year: 2008
Journal: Proceedings of SPIE
Book title: Multimedia on Mobile Devices
Journal acronym: PROC SPIE
Volume number: 6821
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 0277-786X


This paper presents a comparison of two systems that-can simultaneously decode multiple videos on a simple CPU and dedicated function-level hardware accelerators. The first system is implemented in a traditional way, such that the decoder instances access the accelerators concurrently without external coordination. The second system implementation coordinates the tasks' accelerator accesses by scheduling. The solutions are compared by execution cycles, energy consumption and cache hit ratios. In the traditional solution each decoder task continuously requests access to the needed hardware accelerators. However, since the other tasks are competing on the same resources, the tasks must often yield and wait for their turn, which reduces the energy-efficiency. The scheduling-based approach assumes that the accelerator latencies are deterministic and assigns time slots for accelerator accesses required by each task. The accelerator access schedule is re-designed for each macroblock at run-time, thus avoiding the over-allocation of resources and improving energy-efficiency. Deterministic accelerator latencies ensue that the CPU is not interrupted when an accelerator finishes. The contribution of this study is the comparison of the accelerator timing solution against the traditional approach.


parallel processing, power demand, video codecs

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