Computation Error Tolerance in Motion Estimation Algorithms

Hye-yeon Cheong, In Suk Chong, Antonio Ortega
2006 2006 International Conference on Image Processing  
In this paper we study the computation error tolerance properties of motion estimation algorithms. We are motivated by two scenarios where hardware systems may introduce computation errors. First, we consider hardware faults such as those arising in a typical fabrication process. Second, we consider "soft" errors due to voltage scaling, which can arise when operating at a lower voltage than specified for the system. Current practice is to discard all faulty systems. However there is an
more » ... g interest in tools that can identify faulty systems which provide acceptable performance. We show that motion estimation (ME) algorithms exhibit significant error tolerance in these two scenarios. We propose simple error models and use these to provide insights into what features in these ME algorithms lead to increased error tolerance. Our comparison of the full search ME and a state of the art fast ME approach in the context of H.264/AVC shows that while both techniques are error tolerant, the faster algorithm is in fact more robust to computation errors.
doi:10.1109/icip.2006.312788 dblp:conf/icip/CheongCO06 fatcat:grhfhsawyrgr3nzy5n4ijgkkee