End-to-end learned image compression with fixed point weight quantization

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Learned image compression (LIC) has reached the traditional hand-crafted methods such as JPEG2000 and BPG in terms of the coding gain. However, the large model size of the network prohibits the usage of LIC on resource-limited embedded systems. This paper presents a LIC with 8-bit fixed-point weights. First, we quantize the weights in groups and propose a non-linear memory-free codebook. Second, we explore the optimal grouping and quantization scheme. Finally, we develop a novel weight clipping fine tuning scheme. Experimental results illustrate that the coding loss caused by the quantization is small, while around 75% model size can be reduced compared with the 32-bit floating-point anchor. As far as we know, this is the first work to explore and evaluate the LIC fully with fixed-point weights, and our proposed quantized LIC is able to outperform BPG in terms of MS-SSIM.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul 9


  • Fine-tuning
  • Fixed-point
  • Image compression
  • Neural networks
  • Quantization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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