The Virtual Microscope

Renato Ferreira, Bongki Moon, Jim Humphries, Alan Sussman, Joel Saltz, Robert Miller, Angelo Demarzo

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We present the design of the Virtual Microscope, a software system employing a client/server architecture to provide a realistic emulation of a high power light microscope. We discuss several technical challenges related to providing the performance necessary to achieve rapid response time, mainly in dealing with the enormous amounts of data (tens to hundreds of gigabytes per slide) that must be retrieved from secondary storage and processed. To effectively implement the data server, the system design relies on the computational power and high I/O through-put available from an appropriately configured parallel computer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-453
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Issue numberSUPPL.
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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