Machine vision technology is growing in adoption, and it has been and will continue to be deployed in a variety of application areas. These include instrumentation and inspection equipment used to manufacture a wide range of products as varied as sheet goods, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, razor blades and automobiles. This white paper addresses a particular class of machine vision systems—those that are compute intensive—by detailing an architecture and additional resources the reader can use to move forward with their own vision system design, based on this, or a similar architecture.