Monday, May 27, 2013

1305.5639 (Ruonan Wang et al.)

Scaling Radio Astronomy Signal Correlation on Heterogeneous Supercomputers Using Various Data Distribution Methodologies    [PDF]

Ruonan Wang, Christopher Harris
Next generation radio telescopes will require orders of magnitude more computing power to provide a view of the universe with greater sensitivity. In the initial stages of the signal processing flow of a radio telescope, signal correlation is one of the largest challenges in terms of handling huge data throughput and intensive computations. We implemented a GPU cluster based software correlator with various data distribution models and give a systematic comparison based on testing results obtained using the Fornax supercomputer. By analyzing the scalability and throughput of each model, optimal approaches are identified across a wide range of problem sizes, covering the scale of next generation telescopes.
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