Microdosing: Knowledge Distillation for GAN based Compression [article]

Leonhard Helminger, Roberto Azevedo, Abdelaziz Djelouah, Markus Gross, Christopher Schroers
2022 arXiv   pre-print
Recently, significant progress has been made in learned image and video compression. In particular the usage of Generative Adversarial Networks has lead to impressive results in the low bit rate regime. However, the model size remains an important issue in current state-of-the-art proposals and existing solutions require significant computation effort on the decoding side. This limits their usage in realistic scenarios and the extension to video compression. In this paper, we demonstrate how to
more » ... leverage knowledge distillation to obtain equally capable image decoders at a fraction of the original number of parameters. We investigate several aspects of our solution including sequence specialization with side information for image coding. Finally, we also show how to transfer the obtained benefits into the setting of video compression. Overall, this allows us to reduce the model size by a factor of 20 and to achieve 50% reduction in decoding time.
arXiv:2201.02624v1 fatcat:xpetpv6x6radna4iggo3c5k35i