This work addresses the problem of managing a huge amount of digital color images. It
focuses the possibility to store and retrieve them to make them available for a wide
range of application. Key point of the architecture that has been designed and implemented
is the distribution of the devices needed by an image system on several nodes of
a Local Area Network. Optical disks are used to store the large amount of data required
To efficiently access a high number of images, an image data base is provided. All
textual information, such as image descriptions, image characteristics, physical data allocation
and archive devices, are managed by a relational data base placed on a host
system connected to the LAN by a channel attachment. A particular attention has been
paid in designing the user interlace: the user interacts with the system through a workstation
(PS/2) without taking care of the related processes even if they involve remote
The user interlace is "window driven". It is oriented to a non DP professional and it does
not require any documentation.
The main peculiarities of the architecture are: distributed functions, multi-user environment,
interactivity, modularity and non-procedurality (the user has only to describe
"what" has to be done, rather than "how" to do it).