Exploring Lossy Compressibility through Statistical Correlations of Scientific Datasets
TimeSunday, 14 November 20215pm - 5:30pm CST
DescriptionLossy compression plays a growing role in scientific simulations where the cost of storing their output data can span terabytes. Using error bounded lossy compression reduces the amount of storage for each simulation; however, there is no known bound for the upper limit on lossy compressibility. Correlation structures in the data, choice of compressor and error bound are factors allowing larger compression ratios and improved quality metrics. Analyzing these three factors provides one direction towards quantifying lossy compressibility. As a first step, we explore statistical methods to characterize the correlation structures present in the data and their relationships, through functional models, to compression ratios. We observed a relationship between compression ratios and statistics summarizing correlation structure of the data, which are a first step towards evaluating the theoretical limits of lossy compressibility used to eventually predict compression performance and adapt compressors to correlation structures present in the data.