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Application-Specific Super Computer
Author(s): Raymond J. Lackey; Herbert F. Baurle; John Barile
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Paper Abstract

Super Computer processing levels will be necessary to implement real time functions in radar and communication systems. Design and fabrication of such systems require innovative approaches in addressing the problem rather than the normal methods of solution. The mathematical solution to multiple simultaneous equations is the optimum solution in many signal processing problems in radar and communications. Historically this optimum solution was not directly possible, so approximations were derived through various signal processing techniques. The advent of high-speed digital processing devices in concurrent processing architectures has raised the possibility of achieving the optimum solution. This mathematical solution is applicable to many adaptive signal processing problems including spatial, spectral, temporal, and moving target indication filtering. Hazeltine, under contract with RADC on the Systolic Array Processor Brassboard program, has built a processor solving this class of problems in a highly concurrent systolic processing architecture. The application-specific processor built on this program performs over 1.25 billion floating point operations per second (BFLOPS), solving equations with up to twelve complex variables.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 1989
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0977, Real-Time Signal Processing XI, (16 December 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.948570
Show Author Affiliations
Raymond J. Lackey, Hazeltine Corporation (United States)
Herbert F. Baurle, Hazeltine Corporation (United States)
John Barile, Hazeltine Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0977:
Real-Time Signal Processing XI
J. P. Letellier, Editor(s)

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