The microcomputer workstation - An alternate hardware architecture for remotely sensed image analysisDifficulties regarding the digital image analysis of remotely sensed imagery can arise in connection with the extensive calculations required. In the past, an expensive large to medium mainframe computer system was needed for performing these calculations. For image-processing applications smaller minicomputer-based systems are now used by many organizations. The costs for such systems are still in the range from $100K to $300K. Recently, as a result of new developments, the use of low-cost microcomputers for image processing and display systems appeared to have become feasible. These developments are related to the advent of the 16-bit microprocessor and the concept of the microcomputer workstation. Earlier 8-bit microcomputer-based image processing systems are briefly examined, and a computer workstation architecture is discussed. Attention is given to a microcomputer workstation developed by Stanford University, and the design and implementation of a workstation network.
Erickson, W. K. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Hofman, L. B. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Donovan, W. E. (Informatic General Corp. Palo Alto, CA, United States)