The evolution of a parallel active tracking program

  • Michael W. Summers
  • David F. Trad
Session 6: Radcap — The Rade Associative Processor
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 24)


Processing active radar data is a real time function with potentially high data rates. As the data rate increases, iterative sequential tracking routines become critically time consuming. These properties and the inherent parallelism of the tracking algorithms make active tracking an ideal application for parallel processing.

This paper documents the parallel implementation of an active tracking computer program. Program design considerations are discussed, with particular regard to their impact on accuracy, speed of execution, and memory utilization. This study is part of a larger effort currently underway at Rome Air Development Center (RADC), to evaluate the capabilities offered by parallel computer architectures.


Kalman Filter Parallel Version Active Tracking Array Processor Float Point Arithmetic 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael W. Summers
    • 1
  • David F. Trad
    • 1
  1. 1.Rome Air Development Center (ISCA)Griffiss AFBN.Y.

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