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JPEG2000 Compatible Lossless Coding of Floating-Point Data

EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing20072007:085385

  • Received: 14 August 2006
  • Accepted: 22 December 2006
  • Published:


Many scientific applications require that image data be stored in floating-point format due to the large dynamic range of the data. These applications pose a problem if the data needs to be compressed since modern image compression standards, such as JPEG2000, are only defined to operate on fixed-point or integer data. This paper proposes straightforward extensions to the JPEG2000 image compression standard which allow for the efficient coding of floating-point data. These extensions maintain desirable properties of JPEG2000, such as lossless and rate distortion optimal lossy decompression from the same coded bit stream, scalable embedded bit streams, error resilience, and implementation on low-memory hardware. Although the proposed methods can be used for both lossy and lossless compression, the discussion in this paper focuses on, and the test results are limited to, the lossless case. Test results on real image data show that the proposed lossless methods have raw compression performance that is competitive with, and sometime exceeds, current state-of-the-art methods.


  • Real Image
  • Rate Distortion
  • Compression Performance
  • Large Dynamic Range
  • Modern Image


Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968-0523, USA


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© Bryan E. Usevitch. 2007

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