An overview of OpenMP

While working at Medicsight, a medical technology subsidiary of MGT Capital Investments (Harrison, NY, USA), Dr. Greg Slabaugh and his colleagues wrote a brief nine-page article that shows how OpenMP can be used in multi-threaded image processing applications.

An overview of OpenMP
An overview of OpenMP

While working at Medicsight, a medical technology subsidiary of MGT Capital Investments (Harrison, NY, USA), Dr. Greg Slabaugh and his colleagues wrote a brief nine-page article that shows how OpenMP can be used in multi-threaded image processing applications.

OpenMP is a specification for a set of compiler directives, library routines, and environment variables. It can be used to specify parallelism in Fortran and C/C++ programs.

Slabaugh's article, "Multicore Image Processing with OpenMP," provides a high level overview of OpenMP, and presents simple image processing operations to demonstrate the ease of implementation and effectiveness of the API.

At Medicsight, Dr. Slabaugh directed the research and development of computer-aided detection (CAD) approaches for pre-cancerous lesions in the colon and lungs imaged with CT. He is now an associate professor in computer science at City University London.

In January this year, MGT Capital Investments announced that it had retained Munich Innovation Group to license or sell its portfolio of international medical imaging patents associated with Medicsight, after determining that the imaging patents did not fit with its current business model.

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