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A Pixel-based Complexity Model to Estimate Energy Consumption in Video Decoders

Costa, V. ; Cordeiro, P. ; Assunção, P.A.

A Pixel-based Complexity Model to Estimate Energy Consumption in Video Decoders, Proc IEEE International Conf. on Consumer Electronics - ICCE, Las Vegas, United States, Vol. , pp. - , January, 2018.

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Abstract
The increasing use of HEVC video streams in diverse multimedia applications is driving the need for higher user control and management of energy consumption in battery-powered devices. This paper presents a contribution for the lack of adequate solutions by proposing a pixel-based complexity model that is capable of estimating the energy consumption of an arbitrary software-based HEVC decoder, running on different hardware platforms and devices. In the proposed model, the computational complexity is defined as a linear function of the number of pixels processed by the main decoding functions, using weighting coefficients which represent the average computational effort that each decoding function requires per pixel.
The results shows that the cross-correlation of frame-based complexity estimation with energy consumption is greater than 0.86. The energy consumption of video decoding is estimated with the proposed model within an average deviation range of about 6.9%, for different test sequences.