I have a large map data set of 256x256 jpg images. The file directory is organized by /map_type/zoom/x/y.jpg. I have 12 zoom levels and each zoom level directory has 2^(2*zoom level) images.
I have been researching how to display map data using GeoServer and almost everything I have read says that I need to georeference the images. This would not be practical with the methods I've seen because I have such a large data set.
Is there a way to display the map data based on the file location? I found a similar tile structure on wiki called Slippy Maps but after skimming through it, it sounds like they convert vector data to tiles. All of this is kind of confusing to me. Some clarification on how map data is created and served up would be very appreciated.