Hardware. Two high performance Dell workstations, equipped with dual Xeon processors, 32GB of RAM, and dual 28″ LCD Monitors and an Apple MacPro Quad Core workstation with dual core Xeon processors and Nvidia GeForce GT120 video card are available for use with the Core instruments.
Software. An advanced image processing/analysis program, MetaMorph, is used for multidimensional image acquisition and image analysis. Imaris 7.6.3 (Bitplane AG/Andor), a high-end 3D reconstruction and volume rendering software, is used on several workstations with a floating license. This software has many tools to visualize the image stacks in three-dimensions and to measure statistical characteristics of the registered 3D-emission units (voxels). In addition, a variety of graphics programs, including the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, as well as several freeware programs, such as NIH Image, ImageJ and OMRF-COSM are available to the Core.