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On the Application of Massively Parallel SIMD Tree Machines to Certain Intermediate-Level Vision Tasks

Ibrahim, Hussein; Kender, John R.; Shaw, David Elliot

In this paper, we examine the implementation of two middle-level image understanding tasks on fine-grained tree-structured SIMD machines, which have highly efficient VLSI implementations. We first present one such massively parallel machine called NON-VON, and summarize the cost/performance trade-offs of such machines for vision taks. We follow with a more detailed description of the NON-VON architecture (a prototype of which has been operational since January 1985), and of the high-level parallel language in which our algorithms have been written and simulated. The heart of the paper consists of the description and analysis of algorithms for a representative Hough transform, and of an algorithm for the interpretation of moving light displays. Novel algorithmic techniques are motivated and described, and simulation timings are presented and discussed. We conclude that it is possible to exploit the available massive parallelism while avoiding many of the communication bottlenecks common at this level of image understanding, by carefully and inexpensively duplicating data and/or control information, and by delaying or avoiding the reporting of intermediate results.

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Computer Science
Publisher
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Series
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports, CUCS-221-85
Published Here
November 7, 2011
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