Radio Astronomy Case Study

SKA-MPI, the Max Planck Society funded prototype dish, being assembled at the South African site. Credit: Nasief Manie/SARAO

Covnetics is participating in one of the world’s largest next generation scientific instrument developments for the SKAO radio astronomy project.

CAPABILITIES

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

See how Covnetics are working to advance the search for Puslar’s in real time through FPGA acceleration.

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