The greatest challenges preventing the full use of the datasets are their relatively large processor, memory, and internet bandwidth requirements. This has limited the number of qualified and motivated developers; even those few, like ourselves, with access to the finest of high performance computing (HPC) and networking environments.
We are currently planning a complete system to (a) Greatly improve our quality of services offered by leveraging the NGI and its enhanced network management; and (b) enhance our capability to deliver service by developing a system and architecture to make use of the improved infrastructure technology for collaboration provided by NGI to develop, demonstrate, test, maintain, and evaluate a high speed distributed educational and research resource in the area of revolutionary medical applications for the NGI utilizing the VHP (NLM Award Number NO1-LM-8-5630)
Figure 3: Hardware, software, and functional issues to be investigated to determine the appropriate enhancements and activities to ensure 7 x 24 delivery of the UM NGI VH product.
This work was supported in part by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), DAMD17-94-J-4512. We would like to thank SGI for their technical support and extended workstation loan.