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Parallel algorithm of VLBI software correlator under multiprocessor environment
Author(s): Weimin Zheng; Dong Zhang
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Paper Abstract

The correlator is the key signal processing equipment of a Very Lone Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) synthetic aperture telescope. It receives the mass data collected by the VLBI observatories and produces the visibility function of the target, which can be used to spacecraft position, baseline length measurement, synthesis imaging, and other scientific applications. VLBI data correlation is a task of data intensive and computation intensive. This paper presents the algorithms of two parallel software correlators under multiprocessor environments. A near real-time correlator for spacecraft tracking adopts the pipelining and thread-parallel technology, and runs on the SMP (Symmetric Multiple Processor) servers. Another high speed prototype correlator using the mixed Pthreads and MPI (Massage Passing Interface) parallel algorithm is realized on a small Beowulf cluster platform. Both correlators have the characteristic of flexible structure, scalability, and with 10-station data correlating abilities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 November 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6787, MIPPR 2007: Multispectral Image Processing, 678722 (15 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.750786
Show Author Affiliations
Weimin Zheng, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
Dong Zhang, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6787:
MIPPR 2007: Multispectral Image Processing
Henri Maître; Hong Sun; Jianguo Liu; Enmin Song, Editor(s)

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