[Beowulf] Re: What now? (Glen Gardner)

Glen Gardner Glen.Gardner at verizon.net
Fri Aug 20 22:49:18 EDT 2004


I was half afraid my little rant on software release issues would bring 
the wrath of the newsgroup on me. So far, no flames....

Here is a ref for an intro to remote sensing;
Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation by Lillesand and Kiefer is a 
common introduction to remote sensing. It discusses the basics of image 
processing and emphasizes the utilization of satellite imagery. The 
discussion on filters is rather qualitative, but adequate for writing 
some very basic, but effective imaging software.
Borrow an old copy of it, it is pretty light reading.

If you desire something more advanced, I'd recommend a good book on 
digital signal processing.  Everybody seems to have their favorite 
filters for certain uses. Amazingly, with the huge variety of existing 
imaging algorithms available , it is still a fad for people to write and 
publish new,(and sometimes radical) filter algorythms.  There is a lot 
out there, and the amount of material is growing.

Glen


dajelen at att.net wrote:

> Hi Glen,
>
>  
>
> Thanks for the input.
>
> I do appreciate your position on this and taking the time to respond 
> to my question.
>
>  
>
> Can you recommend book(s) that you've used that explain image 
> processing that could
>
> get me started with the algorithms?  I assume that there are "better" 
> undergraduate
>
> books on remote sensing and image processing?
>
> My background has been in business (data) processing, rather than 
> numeric (image)
>
> processing.  I consider myself a good programmer who learns quickly.
>
> Is this something I can learn from the book(s)?
>
>  
>
> I'm not looking to incur the wrath of whomever, just want to learn 
> image processing and
>
> parallel programming . . .
>
>  
>
> Thanks again,
>
> Dave
>
>     -------------- Original message from Glen Gardner : --------------
>     It looks like you hit the thread just fine.
>
>     By "simple imaging software", I mean low-level image processing.
>     It typically involves very simple computational tasks, like
>     lowpass filters, highpass filters , based on convolution masks.
>     These kind of tasks are easily parallelized and the filters can
>     usually be written by most people in a few hours.
>     In any case, I have a number of rather simple filters writtien in
>     C for MPI.  I then call the filters in combination using a shell
>     script to do more complex things. In this way I can use a suite of
>     simple, generic tools in a highly configurable fashion to perfrom
>     more complex imaging tasks in a wider variety of situations than I
>     could with a highly specialized (and more complex) program.
>
>     By "embarrassingly parallel" I mean the parallel programs consist
>     of processes which communicate with each other very little (or not
>     at all).
>     In the case of my imaging software , it only communicates twice.
>     First to divide the imaging data into separate jobs for each node,
>     and once more after processing, to gather and reassemble the
>     "finished" data into an image.
>
>     MPI and PVM are publicly available parallel environments. They
>     provide a means of communicating between processes.  If you
>     install one of them on a Linux or FreeBSD cluster you can use it
>     with the compilers that came with the operating system.  From
>     there, you pretty much have to write your own parallel programs.
>
>     The software which I have written is not a GPL release, and and it
>     is not public domain.  I have no plans to release it at this time.
>     But such code is a very simple thing to write and sufficient
>     information about the basics of image processing can be found in
>     most undergraduate textbooks on remote sensing and image processing.
>
>     I feel a need to justify my position on this, so please bear with me.
>
>     There is a general reluctance, on the part of many people (myself
>     included), to publicly release parallel code due to; the
>     unfortunate federal restrictions on the export of high performance
>     computing technology, the high dollar value of good  parallel
>     code, and the high rate of plagiarism in the programming industry.
>     Also, the highly customized nature of Beowulf machines makes it
>     difficult (or impossible) to be sure that a given parallel program
>     will compile and run from one Beowulf  to the next. Overall, the
>     situation discourages public releases of parallel code, and is an
>     unhappy impediment to the sharing of new ideas among high
>     performance computing advocates.  
>
>     A lot of people are working to improve the situation, and
>     hopefully there will eventually be a platform for making official
>     releases of parallel code that serves to protect the author's
>     rights as well as making more software available to the public,
>     without upsetting ITAR, homeland security, etc..
>
>
>     Glen
>
>
>     dajelen at att.net wrote:
>
>>     Hi all,
>>
>>      
>>
>>     I receive this maillist as a digest and I wasn't sure how to
>>     reply to this thread.
>>
>>      
>>
>>     I've been eagerly following this thread of what to do with a
>>     Beowulf once it is assembled.
>>
>>      
>>
>>     Glen mentioned imaging software that is very simple and
>>     embarassingly simple.
>>
>>      
>>
>>     Is anything proprietary about this software?
>>
>>     I'd like to learn more about how it works, what it can do, and
>>     how to install/run
>>
>>     it on a Beowulf cluster.
>>
>>      
>>
>>     This is one of the possibilities I've been considering for a
>>     Beowulf cluster and would like
>>
>>     to learn from someone who has already accomplished it.
>>
>>      
>>
>>     Thanks,
>>
>>     Dave
>>
>>      
>>
>>     P.S.  To all of you, I really do appreciate the input about books
>>     and classes that you have
>>
>>     provided.
>>
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>
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>

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