Bruno has written a new plugin for areaDetector called NDPluginCodec. It compresses and decompresses NDArrays using JPEG (lossy) and Blosc (lossless) compression. NDArrays now have a .codec field, just as NTNDArrays do. He implemented
these fields in the areaDetector converters for NDArrays <-> NTNDArrays.
Using these new capabilities I just set up the following configuration. The simDetector IOC is running on one machine (happens to be Linux), and the receiving IOC and ImageJ are running on another machine (happens to be Windows).
simDetector detector => NDPluginCodec (compress) => NDPluginPVA => pvaAccess over Ethernet => pvaDetector => NDPluginCodec (decompress) => NDPluginPva => pvaAccess localhost => ImageJ pvAccess viewer
By enabling the compression I can reduce the network bandwidth >100x for highly compressible images.
The next step would be to eliminate the need for the IOC on the viewer machine, i.e. the viewer can directly decompress the NTNDArray that comes from pvAccess.
One way to implement this is to require the decompression code be in the client (ImageJ, Display Builder, etc.). But it would be much nicer to have the decompression library and compress/decompress methods as part of pvAccess, so then
each client does not need to implement it.
In my opinion the top priority should be Java, since Phoebus/CSS/Display Builder and ImageJ are both written in Java. If we get this working then we can transport images between camera/detector IOCs and remote viewing clients with much
lower network bandwidth than is currently required. We can do both lossless and lossy compression.
There is already a Blosc implementation for Java:
So far I have only found a JNI implementation for JPEG, but hopefully there is a pure Java implementation as well.