The most efficient Image format- WebP?

The most efficient Image format- WebP?

I always knew that PNG followed by JPEG were the most efficnent, lossy image compression format. However, there is a new image format, webP. It is developed by Google and comes in lossy as well as lossless format.

How is it better than PNG/JPEG?

  • The webP image is ~30% smaller in storage size than its counterparts.
  • It is supported by all major browsers.

Why is it better?

  • It uses a borrowed techniques of vide compression, VP8.
  • VP8 is a preditive lossy compression technique for intra & inter frames.
  • webP uses intra-frame compression technique as we are dealing with images.
  • A layman explanation of VP8 is that it will divide the image in a nxn matrix, each cell is called a macroblock.
  • A macroblock is checked for motion. Some blocks have no motion, such as sky. These are called ‘key’ frames.
  • A key frame checks its predicted frames and encoded as a diff.
  • The diff is quantized and encoded using a better encoding (Arithmatic Encoding) than Huffman coding used in JPEG.

Should you use webP?

  • Yes, it is well supported, always better compressed than PNG/JPEG.
  • Uses slightly more RAM to encode than PNG


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Hard drives: Native Command Ordering

A simple hard drive today is capable of things that sound like some outlandish technology. Just try to do some file I/O in your application and do it with many threads.

Say you have 4 threads, A,B,C, and D. And request to do I/O comes in A then B and so on. If you check the return status of these threads, the ordering might be surprising. Thread D may return before A. How?

Disk have a technology called Native Command Ordering. So they take your request in and process them on a single, simple logic:

Serve the one which you can do fastest.

This depends on the head position of the disk. The request that can be served with minimal movement of head, is served first.