Tiling Tools

This news about a new chip called Tilera is interesting. Strange naming coincidence – it seems the chip could be useful for keeping map cache tiles updated.

I’ve heard that keeping map tile caches updated is a challenge with ArcGIS Server. I see that the GenerateMapServerCache has a thread count property. I wonder how hard it would be to generalize this to spawn subprocesses on different chips.

Or more generally, would it be possible to write a tile cache generator that could run in Amazon EC2, writing tiles to S3?

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