Storing, manipulating, and extracting useful information from tens of thousands of high-resolution three- and four-dimensional datasets demands large-scale, high-speed, and high-availability computing infrastructure. In order to meet this demand, the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC) has developed its own dedicated network capable of fault-resistant storage of over 50 terabytes of data. State-of-the-art dual Xeon processing servers provide the processor cycles necessary for detailed multi-spectral analyses, and a gigabyte backbone provides fast access for all terminal workstations, even under heavy-load conditions.
This internal network is connected through secure tunnels and multiple firewalls to MRI centers worldwide, allowing the BNAC to receive and analyze MRI studies only moments after they are acquired. Automated recognition and classification of incoming MRI studies allows for operator-free computation of values of interest from specified MRI studies, requiring human interaction only for quality control verification.