FPGA-Based Processor Acceleration for Image Processing Applications

Fahad Siddiqui, Sam Amiri, Umar Ibrahim Minhas, Tiantai Deng, Roger Woods, Karen Rafferty, Daniel Crookes

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    FPGA-based embedded image processing systems offer considerable computing resources but present programming challenges when compared to software systems. The paper describes an approach based on an FPGA-based soft processor called Image Processing Processor (IPPro) which can operate up to 337 MHz on a high-end Xilinx FPGA family and gives details of the dataflow-based programming environment. The approach is demonstrated for a k-means clustering operation and a traffic sign recognition application, both of which have been prototyped on an Avnet Zedboard that has Xilinx Zynq-7000 system-on-chip (SoC). A number of parallel dataflow mapping options were explored giving a speed-up of 8 times for the k-means clustering using 16 IPPro cores, and a speed-up of 9.6 times for the morphology filter operation of the traffic sign recognition using 16 IPPro cores compared to their equivalent ARM-based software implementations. We show that for k-means clustering, the 16 IPPro cores implementation is 57, 28 and 1.7 times more power efficient (fps/W) than ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, nVIDIA GeForce GTX980 GPU and ARM Mali-T628 embedded GPU respectively.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number16
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of Imaging
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2019

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    • FPGA
    • Hardware acceleration
    • Heterogeneous computing
    • Image processing
    • Processor architectures

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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