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Task-based libraries such as Intel's Threading Building Blocks (TBB) provide higher levels of abstraction than threads for parallel programming. Work remains, however, to determine how straightforward it is to use these libraries to express various patterns of parallelism. This case study focuses on a particular pattern: <i>pipeline parallelism</i>. We(More)
In conventional bit-rate control, the buffer level is controlled by adapting the quantization step size with a fixed frame rate and spatial resolution. We consider a multidimensional (M-D) bit-rate control where the frame rate, spatial resolution and quantization step size are jointly adapted for buffer control. We introduce a fundamental framework to(More)
OBJECTIVE Chronic musculoskeletal pain is a very common and costly health problem. Patients presenting to rheumatology clinics with chronic pain can be difficult to manage. We studied 354 patients referred to a rheumatology chronic pain clinic over 5 yrs to identify factors affecting their self-efficacy and intensity of pain. METHODS We collected data for(More)
Forty-five asthmatic children were enrolled in a swimming program in Baltimore. After participating in a 2-month swimming session, the children showed significant improvement in all clinical variables including symptoms, hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and school absenteeism compared with their previous medical history or to those of age-matched(More)
In a typical MC-DCT encoding scheme, a large portion of the bit rate is used to encode the location and amplitude information of the nonzero quantized DCT coee-cients. Therefore eecient encoding of the DCT coeecients is extremely important. In this paper we describe the Joint Position-Dependent Encoding PDE approach to encode the DCT coeecients. Joint PDE(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging is an important clinical tool for serial follow-up of patients with congenital heart disease, but normative data for great vessel dimensions in pediatric subjects are scarce. We investigated the ascending aortic (AO) and main pulmonary artery dimensions in normal children and young adults in comparison(More)
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