Efficient GPU implementation of the integral histogram

Mahdieh Poostchi, Kannappan Palaniappan, Filiz Bunyak, Michela Becchi, Guna Seetharaman
Dept. of Computer Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, NY 13441, USA
Workshop on Developer-Centred Computer Vision, LNCS ACCV, 2012


   title={Efficient GPU implementation of the integral histogram},

   author={Poostchi, Mahdieh and Palaniappan, Kannappan and Bunyak, Filiz and Becchi, Michela and Seetharaman, Guna},

   booktitle={LNCS ACCV, Workshop on Developer-Centred Computer Vision},



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The integral histogram for images is an efficient preprocessing method for speeding up diverse computer vision algorithms including object detection, appearance-based tracking, recognition and segmentation. Our proposed Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) implementation uses parallel prefix sums on row and column histograms in a cross-weave scan with high GPU utilization and communication-aware data transfer between CPU and GPU memories. Two different data structures and communication models were evaluated. A 3-D array to store binned histograms for each pixel and an equivalent linearized 1-D array, each with distinctive data movement patterns. Using the 3-D array with many kernel invocations and low workload per kernel was inefficient, highlighting the necessity for careful mapping of sequential algorithms onto the GPU. The reorganized 1-D array with a single data transfer to the GPU with high GPU utilization, was 60 times faster than the CPU version for a 1K x 1K image reaching 49 fr/sec and 21 times faster for 512 x 512 images reaching 194 fr/sec. The integral histogram module is applied as part of the likelihood of features tracking (LOFT) system for video object tracking using fusion of multiple cues.
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