Opened 10 years ago

Closed 6 years ago

#1854 closed enhancement (needs_more_info)

libswscale has unreasonable alignment constraints

Reported by: gjdfgh Owned by:
Priority: wish Component: swscale
Version: git-master Keywords:
Cc: Blocked By:
Blocking: Reproduced by developer: no
Analyzed by developer: no


First of, there's a difference between alignment of single pixels, and alignment of the image start pointer. It's reasonable to demand strict alignment constraints on single pixels, e.g. that a pixels of size 4 should be aligned to 4.

But having a 16 byte alignment on a pixel start pointer is not reasonable. For example, this doesn't allow passing cropped images to libswscale. (Unless the images are cropped in a way they satisfy the alignment constraints again.)

Rather than fully reverting to the slow path in this case, libswscale should use the slow path only for the first N unaligned pixels, until an aligned pixel is reached, and then continue with an accelerated SIMD code path.

Change History (4)

comment:1 by Carl Eugen Hoyos, 10 years ago

Priority: normalwish
Version: unspecifiedgit-master

If this is reproducible with ffmpeg, please provide an example command line together with complete, uncut console output to make this a valid ticket.

comment:2 by compn, 10 years ago

do you have a benchmark with your code or ffmpeg that shows the difference in time between a slow path and the simd path?

bonus points for a sample file which shows this problem.

comment:3 by Michael Niedermayer, 9 years ago

swscale does not revert to "the slow path" on misaligned data, it should just be slower because some operations are slower on misaligned data and some codepathes are not possible on misaligned data because the CPU instructions require aligned data.
Please provide some specific examples where there are problems, like unreasonable slowdown, crashes (which would be a bug) or other. This feature request as such is hard to implement as its to vague.
The suggestion about mixing unaligned and aligned is generally not possible as source & destination can have different alignmnet and even if they match the data tables then would likely not.

comment:4 by Carl Eugen Hoyos, 6 years ago

Resolution: needs_more_info
Status: newclosed
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