Summary: To appear in: IOS Press: 'Proceedings of TAT'94',
September 1994, Aachen, Germany
The Parallel Image Processing System PIPS 1
An open, scalable Image Processing Library for massively parallel systems
Hans Burkhardt, Andreas Bieniek, Rudolf Klaus,
Michael N¨olle, Gerald Schreiber 2 , Hanns SchulzMirbach
Technische Informatik I, Technische Universit¨at HamburgHarburg
21071 Hamburg, Germany
PIPS is a parallel image processing system developed at the TU HamburgHar
burg 1 . The structure of PIPS is highly modular and hierarchical. The scope of the
PIPS functionality reaches from basic low level services up to high end user interfaces.
PIPS is based on the message passing principle and is therefore portable to most
distributed memory architectures. A wide range of library functions, along with im
plementations of many typical image processing algorithms, make it easy to integrate
new parallel algorithms into PIPS. Using the high end interfaces the user views the
parallel system as a powerful coprocessor attached to the host machine.
The parallel image processing system PIPS has been developed 1 as a platform for research
in the field of image processing and parallel computing [4, 2, 5].
Image processing algorithms are well suited for parallel systems due to the large amount