Fujitsu's new approach to image searching is more than fifty times faster than using a general-purpose server, the company claimed.
By using an FPGA-based hardware accelerator it is possible to search very quickly through an enormous archive to find even partial matches of a designated still image.
The idea is to be able to retrieve images that are similar to or related to an initial image.
They also developed a scheduling technology that could keep the FPGA supplied with data, minimising wasted processing time.
Fujitsu's prototype can search a database of more than 10,000 images and retrieve matches of any desired portion in about one second. An otherwise similar but conventional server takes more than a minute to complete this task.
Taking another perspective, the prototype required less than one thirtieth of the electrical power and less than one fiftieth of the cubic volume of space as multiple general-purpose servers yielding comparable performance.
The expectation is that this technology will allow organisations to put their image archives to better use by enabling almost instant searching.
The company will demonstrate the technology later this month at the Fujitsu North America Technology Forum 2016 in California.
Fujitsu has set itself the goal of developing a practical implementation during its 2016 fiscal year, and plans to develop other domain-specific (ie, special-purpose) servers where increased performance is sought.