The Astro-Accelerate project focuses on enabling real-time processing of time-domain radio astronomy data. This is achieved by exploiting the massive computational power of many-core processors such as NVIDIA GPUs or Intel Xeon Phi.
AstroAccelerate is a many core accelerated software package for processing time domain radio-astronomy data.
Time domain radio-astronomy
Pulsars are fast-spinning neutron stars which emit radio beams along their magnetic axis. Since it's rotationg, the radio emissions - or pulses - are observed periodically from earth. On a large timescale these pulses are very precises, and pulsars are considered as "cosmic clocks": this could be a powerful tool for precise experiments. Also, physics of pulsars is extreme: gravity, density, magnetic field ... ans can't be reproduced in laboratory. Therefore, study of pulsars can help physicists to gain a new knowledge of the universe.
The software focuses on enabling real-time processing of time-domain radio-astronomy data. It supports multiple hardware architectures:
This massive computational power allows to perform algorithms such as dedispersion and single pulse search on large data: it's a powerful tool to detect and study pulsars.