The infraNET Project and
The Education Program for Health Informatics Professionals (EPHIP)
University of Waterloo
Reliable Storage and
Secure Transmission of Medical Images
Wednesday, January 15,
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo
There is no charge.
Space is limited.
We recommend registering for the seminar to reserve your seat.
Seats are reserved on a first come, first served basis.
As the volume of digital medical
images grows, and the access requirements increase, the traditional
centralized approaches to image communication, storage and archiving
are becoming increasingly expensive to scale and operate with high
levels of reliability. New approaches are needed to address fault
tolerance, scalability and multi-site geographically distributed deployments
with limited bandwidth connectivity.
This seminar presents a clinical
deployment of a multi-site image distribution network developed using
a new architecture for data communication and storage. This approach
utilizes a distributed network of low cost, off the shelf servers
(nodes) that together form a computing and storage grid that provides
data and metadata storage, processing and communication without single
points of failure. Imaging studies are transparently stored,
replicated, cached and managed based on pre-defined business rules, and
all nodes within the network can capture studies and respond to
queries. Nodes transparently load balance requests and replicate data
for automated backup and recovery. Scaling the system involves adding
new nodes, and the failure of nodes does not result in lost or
This approach increases reliability
and availability, provides near-linear scalability and allows the
creation of a geographically distributed medical imaging network infrastructure.
Moe Kermani is president and CEO
of Bycast Inc. He holds a PhD in physics from the University of
British Columbia. Before joining Bycast, Dr. Kermani was the chief
scientist and director of research and development for Sonigistix
Corporation, a world leader in the field of high performance audio
systems. He has been awarded several US patents for his work at
Sonigistix. Prior to that Dr. Kermani was involved in physics research
at the TRIUMF Nuclear Physics Research Laboratory.
For more information
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
This seminar is hosted by the Education
Program for Health Informatics Professionals (EPHIP) and The infraNET
Project, University of Waterloo.
The infraNET Project, initiated by the
University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and
Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: LivePage (now part
of Siebel), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.
We also gratefully acknowledge the
assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of