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compress/flate: add 3-byte matching for higher compression levels #15622

dsnet opened this issue May 10, 2016 · 5 comments

compress/flate: add 3-byte matching for higher compression levels #15622

dsnet opened this issue May 10, 2016 · 5 comments


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@dsnet dsnet commented May 10, 2016

Using 9af83462

The recent changes to compress/flate has provided pretty good improvements overall to the compression speeds, but I have noticed a few extraordinary cases where the compression ratio suffers significantly.

This spreadsheet compares the output sizes from go1.6 to current go.tip on a number of compression benchmarks. All tests were done using the flate.DefaultCompression setting.

Most notably, the clegg.tiff image from the ACT corpus experiences a 44% increase in output size (511928 to 741046 bytes).

I think it would be worthwhile to understand what causes this fairly significant regression in compression ratio before the go1.7 release.

cc @nigeltao @klauspost

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@dsnet dsnet commented May 10, 2016

I spent some time analyzing clegg.tiff, here's a histogram of the backwards references clustered by backwards distance and backwards copy length.

Lengths:           go1.6   go.tip
    1..1:          0       0
    2..2:          0       0
    3..3:          96798   0
    4..4:          19939   19534
    5..5:          3708    3683
    6..6:          19950   19349
    7..7:          4116    4691
    8..11:         2464    2557
    12..15:        874     873
    16..23:        157     162
    24..31:        17      18
    32..47:        5       6
    48..63:        44      44
    64..95:        46      46
    96..127:       57      57
    128..191:      7       5
    192..255:      313     315
    256..383:      4348    4348

    1..1:          261     258
    2..2:          1       1
    3..3:          135100  38991
    4..4:          4       1
    5..5:          0       0
    6..6:          0       0
    7..7:          1       0
    8..11:         51      0
    12..15:        516     400
    16..23:        344     267
    24..31:        409     299
    32..47:        407     319
    48..63:        345     288
    64..95:        282     246
    96..127:       188     171
    128..191:      213     176
    192..255:      117     94
    256..383:      153     130
    384..511:      83      69
    512..767:      193     164
    768..1023:     186     160
    1024..1535:    373     305
    1536..2047:    348     301
    2048..3071:    7809    7502
    3072..4095:    168     126
    4096..6143:    70      70
    6144..8191:    1302    1267
    8192..12287:   858     873
    12288..16383:  498     516
    16384..24575:  1590    1674
    24576..32767:  973     1020

It seems that the ratio hit occurs because the new hash-chain algorithm only operates on 4-byte segments, rather than 3-byte segments. This tends to be pathological for bitmap-based images, which represent a pixel as a tuple of 3 bytes for (R, G, B). This explains why there is such a large number of {Length:3, Distance:3} references in go1.6 that cannot be generated in go.tip.

Given the dramatic increase in performance using 4-byte hashing, I support keeping 4-byte hashing even if it causes some inputs to suffer (especially RGB based images, and possibly other inputs).

@nigeltao, your thoughts?

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@nigeltao nigeltao commented May 12, 2016

Thanks for the analysis. It certainly sounds plausible that these are RGB 3-tuples in an uncompressed TIFF.

I agree that we don't need to revert 4-byte hashing yet.

For example, TIFF is not as common as it used to be, and more modern image formats use 2D-image-specific filtering before passing to a general purpose compressor like DEFLATE; those filters already take out any easy repeated-RGB-3-tuple wins. Using the standard library's image/png encoder yields 501111 bytes, smaller than both 511928 and 741046. WEBP Lossless (generated by the cwebp tool) is 379612 bytes.

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@klauspost klauspost commented May 12, 2016

For "BestCompression" it could be feasible to have a version that could to 3-byte matches. The token writer could then be modified to choose between 3-length matches and 3-byte literals depending on the encoded size.

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@dsnet dsnet commented May 12, 2016

Sounds good. Possibly adding 3-byte matching to BestCompression, might not be a bad idea. Since it seems we're in consensus about keeping the 4-byte matching, I'm going to relabel the issue to possibly adding 3-byte matching to high compression levels.

@dsnet dsnet modified the milestones: Unplanned, Go1.7 May 12, 2016
@dsnet dsnet changed the title compress/flate: compression ratio regression compress/flate: add 3-byte matching for higher compression levels May 12, 2016
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@nigeltao nigeltao commented May 19, 2016

I ran both the Go tip (i.e. Go 1.7) and Go 1.6 image/png encoders over a corpus of 20,000 or so PNG images, comparing the output size of a decode-and-then-re-encode. I don't think image/png changed much; it should all be due to compress/flate. Below are the summary statistics (grouped by image type) of the ratios of tip size over 1.6 size; higher means tip is worse, a value of 1.000 means no change.

Gray      n=1252   avg=0.984  p25=0.977  p50=0.987  p75=0.994  p90=0.998  max=1.031
Gray16    n=7      avg=0.998  p25=0.985  p50=1.004  p75=1.009  p90=1.015  max=1.015
NRGBA     n=5365   avg=1.013  p25=0.985  p50=1.007  p75=1.039  p90=1.051  max=1.427
NRGBA64   n=154    avg=1.000  p25=0.994  p50=1.000  p75=1.005  p90=1.013  max=1.243
Paletted  n=3181   avg=0.989  p25=0.984  p50=0.990  p75=0.994  p90=0.998  max=1.023
RGBA      n=11644  avg=1.022  p25=0.991  p50=1.006  p75=1.036  p90=1.082  max=1.696
RGBA64    n=89     avg=1.006  p25=0.996  p50=1.001  p75=1.010  p90=1.032  max=1.118
overall   n=21692  avg=1.013  p25=0.986  p50=0.999  p75=1.027  p90=1.058  max=1.696

pXX are the percentiles, e.g. p50 is the median ratio. It's not too surprising that *image.RGBA and *image.NRGBA Go image types (i.e. what PNG calls RGB and RGBA images) miss the 3-byte matches the most. Nonetheless, I think the increase in compressed size, in the order of 1-2% on average and less than 1% on median, is acceptable for Go 1.7. Sure, we can always find specific examples (such as the TIFF in the original post) that re-encode relatively badly, but I think we're OK in general, at least for PNG.

In Go 1.8, we can consider re-introducing 3-byte matches, and see if that will bring the outliers back into the fold.

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