Large Receptive Field Networks for High-Scale Image Super-Resolution

04/22/2018 ∙ by George Seif, et al. ∙ 0

Convolutional Neural Networks have been the backbone of recent rapid progress in Single-Image Super-Resolution. However, existing networks are very deep with many network parameters, thus having a large memory footprint and being challenging to train. We propose Large Receptive Field Networks which strive to directly expand the receptive field of Super-Resolution networks without increasing depth or parameter count. In particular, we use two different methods to expand the network receptive field: 1-D separable kernels and atrous convolutions. We conduct considerable experiments to study the performance of various arrangement schemes of the 1-D separable kernels and atrous convolution in terms of accuracy (PSNR / SSIM), parameter count, and speed, while focusing on the more challenging high upscaling factors. Extensive benchmark evaluations demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach.

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