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I have an OCR engine to extract characters from images which was written in Python and I have a restful API server in PHP running on nginx.

I like to receive a image file from the end user on PHP API server and send the image to OCR engine to read letters and get back to PHP server with extracted characters. So I can respond the users with the result.

This should be fast. As for the quality of the service, speed is the one of the most important things in API. So I wonder what is the best way to set up this process.

I've thought about the following solutions:

1. Since OCR engine was written in Python, I should build a Python Flask API server to communicate with PHP API server. In case, I just send a request API call from PHP server to Flask server.

2. I deploy the OCR engine on the same server (PHP API server) and use shell command in PHP to run the OCR engine. In this case, I don't have to keep running OCR engine all the time.

I think that running another API server costs more response time and resources of the machine. So I think deploying OCR engine at the same server is better way than communicating b/w two API server.

Anyhow, I am not quite sure about that.

Which is the best and fastest way to handle this process?
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

What I have tried:

I deployed two servers, php api server and python flask api server which communicate with ocr engine. In this case, php sends a request to flask api server.

Data flow is like this:

User > php > flask > ocr engine
ocr > flask > php > user

It's simple, but it takes time because I have to request another call via network.
So I am thinking to deploy OCR on the php server to get the fastest response from it.
Gerry Schmitz 3-Feb-22 13:12pm    
It only has to be "fast" if someone is paying for the service (good, fast and cheap: pick 2). And you won't know fast until you benchmark. Usually the problem is a lack of options; a problem which you don't seem to have.

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