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  • Research Article
  • Open Access

Wavelet Kernels on a DSP: A Comparison between Lifting and Filter Banks for Image Coding

  • Stefano Gnavi1Email author,
  • Barbara Penna1,
  • Marco Grangetto1,
  • Enrico Magli1 and
  • Gabriella Olmo1
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20022002:458215

Received: 30 August 2001

Published: 1 September 2002


We develop wavelet engines on a digital signal processors (DSP) platform, the target application being image and intraframe video compression by means of the forthcoming JPEG2000 and Motion-JPEG2000 standards. We describe two implementations, based on the lifting scheme and the filter bank scheme, respectively, and we present experimental results on code profiling. In particular, we address the following problems: (1) evaluating the execution speed of a wavelet engine on a modern DSP; (2) comparing the actual execution speed of the lifting scheme and the filter bank scheme with the theoretical results; (3) using the on-board direct memory access (DMA) to possibly optimize the execution speed. The results allow to assess the performance of a modern DSP in the image coding task, as well as to compare the lifting and filter bank performance in a realistic application scenario. Finally, guidelines for optimizing the code efficiency are provided by investigating the possible use of the on-board DMA.


waveletlifting schemefilter bankJPEG2000DSP