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logosmallarcetri Arcetri Technical Report 3/2014

SKA Project Series

The FLDO Module for SKA-PSS

C. Baffa, E.Giani

INAF Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri


One of the key scientific projects of the SKA radio telescope is a large survey for pulsars both in isolated and binary systems. The data rate of the pulsar search engine is expected to reach 0.6 TeraSamples/sec. For the purposes of extracting hidden pulses from these streams, we need a complex search strategy which allows us to explore a three dimensional parameter space and it requires approximately 10PetaFlops. This problem is well suited for a parallel computing engine, but the dimensions of SKA bring this problem to a new level of complexity.

Current design is based on a large number of GPUs. The PSS team is actively developing a collection of modules which, acting as a pipeline, will perform this search in real time. The Arcetri group is in charge of the FLDO module, and this report documents the development and test of such module.

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