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Hardware Accelerator for Evolutionary Image Filters Design

Created: 2009

Czech title
Obvodový akcelerátor pro evoluční návrh obrazových filtrů
Type
functional specimen
License
no - optional free
Authors
Keywords
accelerator, FPGA, Combo6X, evolutionary algorithm, image filter
Description

The EHWFILTER accelerator was developed in order to accelerate image filter evolution in hardware. It can automatically create a filter (e.g., to suppress shot noise) when noised image and uncorrupted original image are provided. The accelerator is implemented on the COMBO6X card equipped with Virtex II Pro 2VP50ff1517 FPGA. It consists of genetic unit, fitness unit and the so-called virtual reconfigurable circuit (VRC) which is utilized to evaluate candidate filters. Every image filter is considered as a digital circuit of nine 8-bit inputs and a single 8-bit output, which processes grayscale (8-bits/pixel) images. Training images are stored in external SRAM memories. The search algorithm is based on Cartesian Genetic Programming operating over 4x8 programmable elements, population size of 8 individuals, and 1 mutation/chromosome. This setting is default but can be changed. The accelerator is connected with PC using PCI bus. The system requires approx. 10 sec to produce a filter which is 44 times faster than the same algorithm running at the Celeron 2.4 GHz. 

Location
Department of Computer Systems, Faculty of Information Technology, Brno University of Technology, Božetěchova 2, 612 66 Brno, http://www.fit.vutbr.cz/units/UPSY/
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