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GPU-based data processing for 2D microwave imaging on MAST

Chorley, J.C.; Akers, R.J.; Brunner, K.J.; Dipper, N.A.; Freethy, S.J.; Sharples, R.M.; Shevchenko, V.F.; Thomas, D.A.; Vann, R.G.L.

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J.C. Chorley

R.J. Akers

K.J. Brunner

N.A. Dipper

S.J. Freethy

R.M. Sharples

V.F. Shevchenko

D.A. Thomas

R.G.L. Vann


The Synthetic Aperture Microwave Imaging (SAMI) diagnostic is a Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) diagnostic based at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. The acceleration of the SAMI diagnostic data-processing code by a graphics processing unit is presented, demonstrating acceleration of up to 60 times compared to the original IDL (Interactive Data Language) data-processing code. SAMI will now be capable of intershot processing allowing pseudo-real-time control so that adjustments and optimizations can be made between shots. Additionally, for the first time the analysis of many shots will be possible.


Chorley, J., Akers, R., Brunner, K., Dipper, N., Freethy, S., Sharples, R., …Vann, R. (2016). GPU-based data processing for 2D microwave imaging on MAST. .

Conference Name 1st IAEA Technical Meeting on Fusion Data Processing, Validation and Analysis.
Conference Location Nice, France
Start Date Jun 1, 2015
End Date Jun 3, 2015
Acceptance Date Jan 19, 2016
Online Publication Date Apr 7, 2016
Publication Date May 3, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 20, 2015
Publicly Available Date Oct 7, 2016
Volume 69
Pages 643-654
Series Title Astronomy Group
Series Number 3
Series ISSN 1536-1055,1943-7641
Keywords GPU, CUDA, Microwave, Imaging.


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