We have been working with the National Gallery in
The HP-donated servers in
We are running Linux on the server, which has had to be updated to the latest Redhat Linux plus newest server Kernel and glibc. The 6 CPUs operate together well. Our Apache-based Java image server is installed to serve high resolution images. The server is housed in a local area where there is a possibility of wiring in capture or graphics cards in the future. The system is enhanced with external processing nodes in order to investigate farming out time-consuming processes such as feature vector generation.
The large format printer has been installed (1055CM) and the VIPS to postscript program (vips2dj) adapted for it for direct CIELab image printing, with initial tests providing excellent results. Further work on this driver (options and perhaps binary images) will be useful to the National Gallery and Louvre, where similar printers exist. It is also used to print camera calibration test charts for the V&A and ENST.
A mySQL-driven database has been installed, with a PHP front-end. This is used in order to find images and will possibly be adapted to a full content-based retrieval system. Each year different software architectures and human interfaces are tested, sometimes as part of undergraduate projects. In SCULPTEUR we are moving towards using mySQL plugins and trials with autonomous image processing query/generation services.