The evolution of a parallel active tracking program
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.
KeywordsKalman Filter Parallel Version Active Tracking Array Processor Float Point Arithmetic
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