Accelerating Learnt Video Codecs with Gradient Decay and Layer-wise Distillation

5 Dec 2023  ·  Tianhao Peng, Ge Gao, Heming Sun, Fan Zhang, David Bull ·

In recent years, end-to-end learnt video codecs have demonstrated their potential to compete with conventional coding algorithms in term of compression efficiency. However, most learning-based video compression models are associated with high computational complexity and latency, in particular at the decoder side, which limits their deployment in practical applications. In this paper, we present a novel model-agnostic pruning scheme based on gradient decay and adaptive layer-wise distillation. Gradient decay enhances parameter exploration during sparsification whilst preventing runaway sparsity and is superior to the standard Straight-Through Estimation. The adaptive layer-wise distillation regulates the sparse training in various stages based on the distortion of intermediate features. This stage-wise design efficiently updates parameters with minimal computational overhead. The proposed approach has been applied to three popular end-to-end learnt video codecs, FVC, DCVC, and DCVC-HEM. Results confirm that our method yields up to 65% reduction in MACs and 2x speed-up with less than 0.3dB drop in BD-PSNR. Supporting code and supplementary material can be downloaded from:

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