28 May 2013 Implementation of scalable video coding deblocking filter from high-level SystemC description
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This paper describes key concepts in the design and implementation of a deblocking filter (DF) for a H.264/SVC video decoder. The DF supports QCIF and CIF video formats with temporal and spatial scalability. The design flow starts from a SystemC functional model and has been refined using high‐level synthesis methodology to RTL microarchitecture. The process is guided with performance measurements (latency, cycle time, power, resource utilization) with the objective of assuring the quality of results of the final system. The functional model of the DF is created in an incremental way from the AVC DF model using OpenSVC source code as reference. The design flow continues with the logic synthesis and the implementation on the FPGA using various strategies. The final implementation is chosen among the implementations that meet the timing constraints. The DF is capable to run at 100 MHz, and macroblocks are processed in 6,500 clock cycles for a throughput of 130 fps for QCIF format and 37 fps for CIF format. The proposed architecture for the complete H.264/SVC decoder is composed of an OMAP 3530 SOC (ARM Cortex‐A8 GPP + DSP) and the FPGA Virtex‐5 acting as a coprocessor for DF implementation. The DF is connected to the OMAP SOC using the GPMC interface. A validation platform has been developed using the embedded PowerPC processor in the FPGA, composing a SoC that integrates the frame generation and visualization in a TFT screen. The FPGA implements both the DF core and a GPMC slave core. Both cores are connected to the PowerPC440 embedded processor using LocalLink interfaces. The FPGA also contains a local memory capable of storing information necessary to filter a complete frame and to store a decoded picture frame. The complete system is implemented in a Virtex5 FX70T device.
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Pedro P. Carballo, Pedro P. Carballo, Omar Espino, Omar Espino, Romén Neris, Romén Neris, Pedro Hernández-Fernández, Pedro Hernández-Fernández, Tomasz M. Szydzik, Tomasz M. Szydzik, Antonio Núñez, Antonio Núñez, } "Implementation of scalable video coding deblocking filter from high-level SystemC description", Proc. SPIE 8764, VLSI Circuits and Systems VI, 876408 (28 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016885; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2016885
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