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CREST Database

Mark E. Davis and Donald J. Fabozzi II
Surveillance and Photonics Directorate
USAF Rome Laboratory
Griffiss Air Force Base, NY 13441-4514
email: davism@lonexb.rl.af.mil

Abstract The ARPA Mountaintop Project has been collecting multichannel radar data, utilizing the MIT Lincoln Laboratory RSTER UHF radar sensor, to aid in the research on STAP algorithms and parallel processing. In order to maximize the availability of this data to the STAP community, a Common Research Environment for STAP Technology (CREST) is being established at the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC). This will co-locate over 500 gigabytes of recorded data with the 400 node IBM SP-2 massively parallel computer, providing an excellent opportunity to increase the research productivity in STAP algorithms by at least two orders of magnitude.

The CREST database will consist of extensive recorded data to be used in analysis of effects of target, jamming, and clutter statistics on the algorithms and parallel signal processing design. Critical parameters in the data are being assembled into a relational database, along with the Interface Control Document (ICD) detailing the RSTER and related test parameters. The characteristics of this data will be presented along with the distribution of a representative set of the CREST database.

Rome Laboratory is developing a CREST User Interface to facilitate internet access to both the MHPCC SP-2 processors and the Mountaintop database. This User Interface consists of: 1) CREST File Server based on Rome Lab developed IE2000 Application Programming Interface; 2) RLSTAP Khoros-based Graphical User Interface for mapping STAP algorithms to the SP-2 processor; 3) Remote Client-Server operation over the internet; and 4) World Wide Web interface to the MHPCC for on-line documentation and access to the CREST User Interface.

This presentation demonstrates, in real time from MHPCC, the key functions of the CREST User Interface, access to the Database, and RLSTAP algorithm processing.



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