Asymmetric Information Distillation Network for Lightweight Super Resolution
The purpose of this paper is to design a lightweight network to achieve image super resolution performance equivalent to SRResNet. We design an asymmetric information distillation block (AIDB) with distillation information multiplexing and asymmetric information extraction capabilities to better achieve this goal. Distillation information multiplexing refers to the repeated processing of distilled information to supplement the ability of key information extraction. Asymmetric information enhancement block (AIEB) refers to identify different features in the image by the horizontal and vertical feature extraction. AIEB greatly reduces the number of parameters, and distillation information multiplexing works as a supplement to the lost high dimensional information. A large number of experiments show that our asymmetric information distillation network (AIDN) achieves a better balance of performance and complexity than SOTA model. Moreover, Our proposed AIDN ranked second in the model complexity track of NTIRE2022 efficient super resolution challenge. Compared with the first place in this track, we achieves higher PSNR performance on testset with a slight disadvantage in the number of parameters. The code is available at https://github.com/zzksdu/AIDN.