Micael Pedrosa, Luís Alves, Ilídio C. Oliveira, José Maria Fernandes, João Paulo Silva Cunha



This paper presents a detailed architecture model for the Brain Imaging Network Grid (BING) that will be the main IT infrastructure of the recently created Portuguese Brain Imaging Consortium. The proposed architecture follows a service oriented philosophy and is designed to empower medical data sharing and processing, specifically brain images. Allowing the use of computationally intensive methods like feature extraction and retrieving of structured information, this system will take advantage of Grid computing new paradigm. In BING context, Grid infrastructure is the right option to provide the ability to seamless aggregate distributed computational power, extensive storage resources and high-bandwidth networking. The goal is to develop a system that simultaneously can provide basic data services, allow collaborative research between geographically distributed partners (e.g. analysis processes, workflows) and make use of the Grid computational power.


  1. Aisha, N. & Lampros, K. S. (2006) Discovering HealthGrid Services. Services Computing, 2006. SCC 7806. IEEE International Conference on.
  2. Amendolia, S. R., et al. (2005) Deployment of a gridbased medical imaging application, IOS Press.
  3. Andrade, R., Oliveira, I., Fernandes, J. M. & Cunha, J. P. (2007a) A Grid framework for non-linear brain fMRI analysis. Stud Health Technol Inform, 126, 299-305.
  4. Andrade, R., Oliveira, I., Fernandes, J. M. & Cunha, J. P. (2007b) Multi-voxel Non-linear fMRI Analysis: A Grid Computing Approach. IberGRID Santiago de Compostela.
  5. Breton, V., Blanquer, I., Hernandez, V., Legré, Y. & Solomonides, T. (2006) Proposing a roadmap for HealthGrids. HAL - CCSD.
  6. Breton, V., Dean, K., et al. (2005) The Healthgrid White Paper. Stud Health Technol Inform, 112, 249-321.
  7. Craig A. N. Soules, G. R. G. (2004) Toward automatic context-based attribute assignment for semantic file systems. Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University.
  8. Cunha, J. P. S., Oliveira, I., Fernandes, J. M., Campilho, A., Castelo-Branco, M., Sousa, N. & Sousa Pereira, A. (2007) BING: The Portuguese Brain Imaging Network GRID. IberGRID Santiago de Compostela.
  9. Ediamond (2008) eDiaMoND - Diagnostic Mammography National Database Project
  10. Foster, I., Kesselman, C., Nick , J. & Tucke, S. (2002) The Physiology of the Grid: An Open Services Architecture for Distributed Systems Integration. . Open Grid Service Infrastructure WG, Global Grid Forum.
  11. Foster, I., Kesselman, C. & Tuecke, S. (2001) The Anathomy of the Grid. Intl J. Supercomputer Applications, 15.
  12. GLITE (2007) gLite User Guide.
  13. GLITE (2008) gLite: Lightweight Middleware for Grid Computing.
  14. Grethe, J. S., Baru, C., Gupta, A., James, M., Ludaescher, B., Martone, M. E., Papadopoulos, P. M., Peltier, S. T., Rajasekar, A., Santini, S., Zaslavsky, I. N. & Ellisman, M. H. (2005) Biomedical informatics research network: building a national collaboratory to hasten the derivation of new understanding and treatment of disease. Stud Health Technol Inform, 112, 100-9.
  15. Maraschini A., E. A. (2006) WMPROXY SERVICE. IN INTEGRATION, J. M. E. A. (Ed.) EGEE User's Guide. EGEE.
  16. Montagnat J., B. F., Benoit-Cattin H., Breton V., Brunie L., Duque H., Legré Y., Magnin I. E., Maigne L., Miguet S., Pierson J. -M., Seitz L., Tweed T. (2004) Medical Images Simulation, Storage, and Processing on the European DataGrid Testbed. Journal of Grid Computing, 2.
  17. Opensymphony (2008) OSWorkflow.
  18. Pacini, F. (2006) JOB DESCRIPTION LANGUAGE - ATTRIBUTES SPECIFICATION (submission through WMProxy Service). IN MIDDLEWARE, J.-. (Ed.). EGEE.
  19. Poliakov, A. V. A. A., Evan M and Corina, David P and Ojemann, George A and Martin, Richard F and Brinkley, James F (2001) Server-Based Approach to Web Visualization of Integrated 3-D Medical Image Data. Proceedings, American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium.
  20. Prashanth Mohan, R., Venkateswaran S and Dr. Arul Siromoney (2006) Semantic File Retrieval in File Systems using Virtual Directories. International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC 2006). Bangalore, India
  21. ProductionS, T. W. N. Y. A. D. G. (2001) The Secret Life of the Brain.
  22. Seleng, M.-L., Michal - Balogh, Zoltan - Hluchy, Ladislav (2007) RDB2Onto: Approach for creating semantic metadata from relational database data. INFORMATICS 2007 Bratislava, Slovak Society for Applied Cybernetics and Informatics.
  23. Shiyong, L., Yezhou, S., Mustafa, A. & Farshad, F. (2005) On the consistency of XML DTDs. Data Knowl. Eng., 52, 231-247.
  24. Taylor, J. G. (1997) Problems in the analysis of brain imaging data. Digital Signal Processing Proceedings, 1997. DSP 97., 1997 13th International Conference on.

Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Pedrosa M., Alves L., C. Oliveira I., Fernandes J. and Silva Cunha J. (2009). A SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE FOR THE BING - Brain Image Network Grid . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2009) ISBN 978-989-8111-63-0, pages 276-281. DOI: 10.5220/0001549202760281

in Bibtex Style

author={Micael Pedrosa and Luís Alves and Ilídio C. Oliveira and José Maria Fernandes and João Paulo Silva Cunha},
title={A SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE FOR THE BING - Brain Image Network Grid},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2009)},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2009)
SN - 978-989-8111-63-0
AU - Pedrosa M.
AU - Alves L.
AU - C. Oliveira I.
AU - Fernandes J.
AU - Silva Cunha J.
PY - 2009
SP - 276
EP - 281
DO - 10.5220/0001549202760281