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Parallel processing technology for large-scale production of synthetic aperature radar imagery
Author(s): David Kirk; Loretta A. Bessette; Glenn Fawcett; David Nobles
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a case study in using parallel processing technology for large-scale production of Foliage Penetration (FOPEN) Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery. The initial version of the FOPEN SAR image formation software ran on a Unix workstation. The research-grade parallel image formation software was transitioned into a full-scale remote processing facility resulting in a significant improvement in processing speed. The primary goal of this effort was to increase the production rate of calibrated, well-focused SAR imagery, but an important secondary objective was to gain insight into the capabilities and limitations of high performance parallel platforms. This paper discusses lessons that were learned in transitioning and utilizing the research-grade image formation code in a 'turn key' production setting, and discusses configuration control and image quality metrics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 August 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3721, Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery VI, (13 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.357637
Show Author Affiliations
David Kirk, SM&A (United States)
Loretta A. Bessette, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Glenn Fawcett, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
David Nobles, Integrated Sensors, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3721:
Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery VI
Edmund G. Zelnio, Editor(s)

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