Concurrent Viola Jones classifiers on a portable Beowulf cluster : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Engineering in Mechatronics at Massey University
Real-time Computer Vision is an interesting application for supercomputing, real-time applications (vision processing in particular) employ special purpose hardware such as DSPs to achieve high performance. This thesis explores parallel computers particularly commodity general purpose hardware. We also build a prototype to better understand the economics of supercomputing, specifically related to mobile computing - low power, rugged design by building a mobile computer. A new communication layer is built, where by the nature of the locality of the nodes allows one to optimise the protocols to reduce the latency comparably. Finally a study and in depth results of the algorithm, the Viola Jones Object detector in parallel are presented followed by reflection and future work based on the current results and platform.