August 09, 2012

Adobe & MIT team up on Halide, a new imaging language

Last month I broke the somewhat sad news that Adobe’s Pixel Bender language is being retired, but for a good cause: we can now redirect effort & try other ways to achieve similar goals. To that end, Adobe researchers have teamed up with staff at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to define Halide, a new programming language for imaging. It promises faster, more compact, and more portable code.

According to MIT News,

In tests, the MIT researchers used Halide to rewrite several common image-processing algorithms whose performance had already been optimized by seasoned programmers. The Halide versions were typically about one-third as long but offered significant performance gains — two-, three-, or even six-fold speedups. In one instance, the Halide program was actually longer than the original — but the speedup was 70-fold.

Hot damn. #progress

Posted by John Nack at 8:24 AM on August 09, 2012


  • Oğuz Demirkapı — 10:27 AM on August 09, 2012

    Funny that Halide is a traditional Turkish female name. :)

    [For fast girls? (Sorry, had to be said!) –J.]

  • Jocelyn Tremblay — 1:56 AM on August 10, 2012

    Hope to see it soon in After Effects.

    Even after an upgrade to CS6, I still don’t see myself using it instead of CS5 – there is too much Pixel Bender involved in my work.

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