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A hardware-in-the-loop simulation program for ground-based radar
Author(s): Eric P. Lam; Dennis W. Black; Jason S. Ebisu; Julianna Magallon
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Paper Abstract

A radar system created using an embedded computer system needs testing. The way to test an embedded computer system is different from the debugging approaches used on desktop computers. One way to test a radar system is to feed it artificial inputs and analyze the outputs of the radar. More often, not all of the building blocks of the radar system are available to test. This will require the engineer to test parts of the radar system using a "black box" approach. A common way to test software code on a desktop simulation is to use breakpoints so that is pauses after each cycle through its calculations. The outputs are compared against the values that are expected. This requires the engineer to use valid test scenarios. We will present a hardware-in-the-loop simulator that allows the embedded system to think it is operating with real-world inputs and outputs. From the embedded system's point of view, it is operating in real-time. The hardware in the loop simulation is based on our Desktop PC Simulation (PCS) testbed. In the past, PCS was used for ground-based radars. This embedded simulation, called Embedded PCS, allows a rapid simulated evaluation of ground-based radar performance in a laboratory environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8060, Modeling and Simulation for Defense Systems and Applications VI, 806009 (20 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.883582
Show Author Affiliations
Eric P. Lam, Thales-Raytheon Systems Co. LLC (United States)
Dennis W. Black, Thales-Raytheon Systems Co. LLC (United States)
Jason S. Ebisu, Thales-Raytheon Systems Co. LLC (United States)
Julianna Magallon, Thales-Raytheon Systems Co. LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8060:
Modeling and Simulation for Defense Systems and Applications VI
Eric J. Kelmelis, Editor(s)

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