Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Performance of a Software MPEG Video Decoder

K. Patel, B.C. Smith and Lawrence A. Rowe

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/ERL M93/2
1993

The design and implementation of a software decoder for MPEG video bitstreams is described. The software has been ported to numerous platforms including PC's, workstations, and mainframe computers. Performance comparisons are given for several different bitstreams and platforms including a unique metric devised to compare price/performance across different platforms (percentage of required bit rate per dollar). We also show that memory bandwidth is the primary limitation in performance of the decoder, not the computational complexity of the inverse discrete cosine transform as is commonly thought.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Patel:M93/2,
    Author = {Patel, K. and Smith, B.C. and Rowe, Lawrence A.},
    Title = {Performance of a Software MPEG Video Decoder},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {1993},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1993/2260.html},
    Number = {UCB/ERL M93/2},
    Abstract = { The design and implementation of a software decoder for MPEG video bitstreams is described. The software has been ported to numerous platforms including PC's, workstations, and mainframe computers. Performance comparisons are given for several different bitstreams and platforms including a unique metric devised to compare price/performance across different platforms (percentage of required bit rate per dollar). We also show that memory bandwidth is the primary limitation in performance of the decoder, not the computational complexity of the inverse discrete cosine transform as is commonly thought.}
}

EndNote citation:

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%A Smith, B.C.
%A Rowe, Lawrence A.
%T Performance of a Software MPEG Video Decoder
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 1993
%@ UCB/ERL M93/2
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1993/2260.html
%F Patel:M93/2