NVIDIA® Vision Programming Interface (VPI) is a software library that provides Computer Vision / Image Processing algorithms implemented on several computing engines available in NVIDIA embedded devices like Jetson and in discrete devices like dGPU.

VPI provides a uniform interface for seamless access to multiple compute engines like CPU, GPU Programmable Vision Accelerator (PVA), and Video Image Compositor (VIC). With VPI, a processing pipeline can fully utilize the installed computing capacity of the device with different parts of the pipeline running on different compute engines simultaneously.

VPI algorithms are highly optimized ⁠— check out the VPI performance benchmarks. Increase performance of your application by replacing parts of your pipeline containing any non performant OpenCV or Visionworks algorithms with VPI algorithms and by optimally distributing your workload on multiple compute engines with VPI.

VPI 1.0

VPI 1.0 is the first production release and is available with JetPack 4.5 to download on Jetson modules and developer kits and is also available for x86.

VPI 1.0 highlights include:

  • Support for Pyramidal LK Optical Flow on CPU and GPU
  • Supports YUV422 packed color format for VIC
  • Enhanced interoperability with OpenCV

Refer to VPI Release Notes for details.

Download as part of JetPack

Refer to installation section in VPI documentation for instructions for installing VPI on Jetson and host PC

Harris Keypoint Detector

KLT Bounding Box Tracker

Stereo Disparity


  • Algorithms implemented on multiple compute engines (GPU, CPU, PVA, and VIC)
  • Uniform interface to access all supported compute engines
  • Seamless, zero-copy memory mapping to achieve high throughput
  • Easy interoperability with OpenCV
  • Sample applications to illustrate use of VPI algorithms
  • Performance benchmarks for every supported algorithm

Supported Algorithms

Image Processing

  • Gaussian Pyramid Generator
  • Separable Image Convolver
  • Box Image Filter
  • Gaussian Image Filter
  • Bilateral Image Filter
  • Image Rescaling
  • Fast Fourier Transform
  • Inverse Fast Fourier Transform
  • Image Format Converter
  • Perspective Warp
  • Image Remapping
  • Lens Distortion Correction
  • Temporal Noise Reduction
  • Pyramidal LK Optical Flow

Disparity Estimation

  • Stereo Disparity

Feature Detector and Tracking

  • KLT Bounding Box Tracker
  • Harris Corners Detector
  • ColorNames Features Detector
  • Histogram of Oriented Gradients

Webinars and Blogs

Implementing Computer Vision and Image Processing Solutions with VPI

Learn how to build a complete and efficient stereo disparity-estimation pipeline using VPI that runs on Jetson-family devices. View webinar >

Reducing Temporal Noise on Images with VPI

Shows how to run the Temporal Noise Reduction (TNR) sample application on the Jetson product family. Read blog >

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