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International Journal of Reconfigurable Computing
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 973475, 11 pages
Research Article

Parallel Processor for 3D Recovery from Optical Flow

Computer Science Department, National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, 72840 Puebla, Mexico

Received 16 March 2009; Revised 10 August 2009; Accepted 8 October 2009

Academic Editor: Cesar Torres

Copyright © 2009 Jose Hugo Barron-Zambrano et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


3D recovery from motion has received a major effort in computer vision systems in the recent years. The main problem lies in the number of operations and memory accesses to be performed by the majority of the existing techniques when translated to hardware or software implementations. This paper proposes a parallel processor for 3D recovery from optical flow. Its main feature is the maximum reuse of data and the low number of clock cycles to calculate the optical flow, along with the precision with which 3D recovery is achieved. The results of the proposed architecture as well as those from processor synthesis are presented.