Covnetics is participating in one of the world’s largest next generation scientific instrument developments for the SKAO radio astronomy project.
Covnetics are providing FPGA design expertise for the Square Kilometre Array next generation radio telescope. This includes the development of a dedicated FPGA hardware acceleration processor for the Fourier Domain Acceleration Search function which provides unparallel processing for identifying new Pulsar candidates in real time.
The Covnetics engineering team are working in tandem with our clients to identify and extract a feature set suitable for implementation into leading edge FPGA’s.
System requirements capture and documentation
The FPGA hardware acceleration solution provides processing for up to 2^21 data samples
356M sample output data set group size, with hardware search algorithm and candidate results detection and selection
1.7M register FPGA device selection and cost, power estimation
FFT data transformation and convolution processing 120 Gb/s data throughput
COTS FPGA proof of concept demonstrator and real time evaluation platform
SKA-MPI, the Max Planck Society-funded prototype dish, being assembled at the South African site. Credit: Nasief Manie/SARAO
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