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Stereo Disparity

This example shows how to generate a MEX function from a MATLAB® function that computes the stereo disparity of two images.


  • CUDA enabled NVIDIA® GPU with compute capability 3.2 or higher.

  • NVIDIA CUDA toolkit.

  • Environment variables for the compilers and libraries. For more information, see Environment Variables.

Create a Folder and Copy Relevant Files

The following line of code creates a folder in your current working folder (pwd), and copies all the relevant files into this folder. If you do not want to perform this operation or if you cannot generate files in this folder, change your current working folder.


Verify the GPU Environment

Use the coder.checkGpuInstall function and verify that the compilers and libraries needed for running this example are set up correctly.

envCfg = coder.gpuEnvConfig('host');
envCfg.BasicCodegen = 1;
envCfg.Quiet = 1;

Stereo Disparity Calculation

The stereoDisparity.m function takes two images and returns a stereo disparity map computed from the two images.

type stereoDisparity
%% modified algorithm for stereo disparity block matching
% In this implementation instead of finding shifted image ,indices are mapped accordingly
% to save memory and some processing RGBA column major packed data is used as input for
% Compatibility with CUDA intrinsics Convolution is performed using separable filters (Horizontal and then Vertical)

function [out_disp] = stereoDisparity(img0,img1) %#codegen

% gpu code generation pragma

%% Stereo disparity Parameters
% WIN_RAD is the radius of the window to be operated,min_disparity is the minimum disparity level 
% the search continues max_disparity is the maximun disparity level the search continues
WIN_RAD = 8;
min_disparity = -16;
max_disparity = 0;

%% Image dimensions for loop control
% The number of channels packed are 4 (RGBA) so as nChannels are 4
nChannels = 4;
imgHeight = imgHeight/nChannels;

%% To store the raw differences
diff_img = zeros([imgHeight+2*WIN_RAD,imgWidth+2*WIN_RAD],'int32');

%To store the minimum cost
min_cost = zeros([imgHeight,imgWidth],'int32');
min_cost(:,:) = 99999999;

% Store the final disparity
out_disp = zeros([imgHeight,imgWidth],'int16');

%% Filters for aggregating the differences
% filter_h is the horizontal filter used in separable convolution
% filter_v is the vertical filter used in separable convolution which
% operates on the output of the row convolution
filt_h = ones([1 17],'int32');
filt_v = ones([17 1],'int32');

%% Main Loop that runs for all the disparity levels. This loop is
% expected to run on CPU.
for d=min_disparity:max_disparity
    % Find the difference matrix for the current disparity level. Expect
    % this to generate a Kernel function.
    for colIdx=1:imgWidth+2*WIN_RAD
        for rowIdx=1:imgHeight+2*WIN_RAD
            % Row index calculation
            ind_h = rowIdx - WIN_RAD;
            % Column indices calculation for left image
            ind_w1 = colIdx - WIN_RAD;
            % Row indices calculation for right image
            ind_w2 = colIdx + d - WIN_RAD;
            % Border clamping for row Indices
            if ind_h <= 0
                ind_h = 1;
            if ind_h > imgHeight
                ind_h = imgHeight;
            % Border clamping for column indices for left image
            if ind_w1 <= 0
                ind_w1 = 1;
            if ind_w1 > imgWidth
                ind_w1 = imgWidth;
            % Border clamping for column indices for right image
            if ind_w2 <= 0
                ind_w2 = 1;
            if ind_w2 > imgWidth
                ind_w2 = imgWidth;
            % In this step, Sum of absolute Differences is performed
            % across tour channels.
            tDiff = int32(0);
            for chIdx = 1:nChannels
                tDiff = tDiff + abs(int32(img0((ind_h-1)*(nChannels)+chIdx,ind_w1))-int32(img1((ind_h-1)*(nChannels)+chIdx,ind_w2)));
            %Store the SAD cost into a matrix
            diff_img(rowIdx,colIdx) = tDiff;
    % Aggregating the differences using separable convolution. Expect this to generate two Kernel
    % using shared memory.The first kernel is the convolution with the horizontal kernel and second
    % kernel operates on its output the column wise convolution.
    cost_v = conv2(diff_img,filt_h,'valid');
    cost = conv2(cost_v,filt_v,'valid');
    % This part updates the min_cost matrix with by comparing the values
    % with current disparity level.
    for ll=1:imgWidth
        for kk=1:imgHeight
            % load the cost
            temp_cost = int32(cost(kk,ll));
            % compare against the minimum cost available and store the
            % disparity value
            if min_cost(kk,ll) > temp_cost
                min_cost(kk,ll) = temp_cost;
                out_disp(kk,ll) = abs(d) + 8;

Read Images and Pack Data Into RGBA Packed Column Major Order

img0 = imread('scene_left.png');
img1 = imread('scene_right.png');

[imgRGB0] = pack_rgbData(img0);
[imgRGB1] = pack_rgbData(img1);

Left Image

Right Image

Generate GPU Code

cfg = coder.gpuConfig('mex');
codegen -config cfg -args {imgRGB0, imgRGB1} stereoDisparity;

Run Generated MEX and Show the Output Disparity

out_disp = stereoDisparity_mex(imgRGB0,imgRGB1);

Run Command: Cleanup

Remove files and return to original folder