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Decoupling algorithms from schedules for easy optimization of image processing pipelines

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Decoupling algorithms from schedules for easy optimization of image processing pipelines
Using existing programming tools, writing high-performance image processing code requires sacrificing readability, portability, and modularity. We argue that this is a consequence of conflating what computations define the algorithm, with decisions about storage and the order of computation. We refer to these latter two concerns as the schedule, including choices of tiling, fusion, recomputation vs. storage, vectorization, and parallelism. We propose a representation for feed-forward imaging pipelines that separates the algorithm from its schedule, enabling highperformance without sacrificing code clarity. This decoupling simplifies the algorithm specification: images and intermediate buffers become functions over an infinite integer domain, with no explicit storage or boundary conditions. Imaging pipelines are compositions of functions. Programmers separately specify scheduling strategies for the various functions composing the algorithm, which allows them to efficiently expl...
Jonathan Ragan-Kelley, Andrew Adams, Sylvain Paris
Added 28 Sep 2012
Updated 28 Sep 2012
Type Journal
Year 2012
Where TOG
Authors Jonathan Ragan-Kelley, Andrew Adams, Sylvain Paris, Marc Levoy, Saman Amarasinghe, Frédo Durand
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