A Scalable Video Rate Camera Interface

J.A. Webb, T. Warfel, and Sing Bing Kang
tech. report CMU-CS-94-192, Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University, October, 1994


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Abstract
We survey the state of the art in high-speed interfaces for video input to high performance computers and note the difficulty of providing video at rates appropriate to modern parallel computers. Most interfaces that have been developed to date are not scalable, required extensive hardware development, and impose a full frame time delay between the moment the camera captures video and the moment it is available for processing. We propose a solution, based on a simple interface we have developed, which has been integrated into the iWarp parallel computer developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Intel Corporation. The interface takes advantage of iWarp's systolic capabilities, does not impose any frame buffer delay time, was simple to design, and is readily scalable to provide up to 32 camera ports, from all of which data can be captured at full video rate, on a system that fits in a 19" 6U rack. We have applied the system to multibaseline stereo vision, and provide performance figures.

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Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center

Text Reference
J.A. Webb, T. Warfel, and Sing Bing Kang, "A Scalable Video Rate Camera Interface," tech. report CMU-CS-94-192, Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University, October, 1994

BibTeX Reference
@techreport{Kang_1994_1451,
   author = "J.A. Webb and T. Warfel and Sing Bing Kang",
   title = "A Scalable Video Rate Camera Interface",
   booktitle = "",
   institution = "Computer Science Department",
   month = "October",
   year = "1994",
   number= "CMU-CS-94-192",
   address= "Pittsburgh, PA",
}