Antenna Placement Optimization on Large, Airborne, Naval Platforms

Period of Performance: 02/16/2011 - 05/16/2012

$469K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Delcross Technologies, LLC
301 North Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Modern naval aircraft can be large in dimensions and may carry a large number of antennas. For many of these systems, the surface area of the platform is in the tens of thousands of square wavelengths. In this case, the use of full-wave solvers to assess the on-platform performance of an antenna or the interaction between two antennas is impractical, both in terms of computing resources required and length of execution time. The best choice is to use a high-frequency code, which provides an approximate solution but requires modest computer resources and tends to be highly parallelizable. However, even high-frequency codes can take substantial time to execute depending on platform size and complexity. During this project, we propose to investigate multiple hardware-based parallelization strategies for our high-frequency computational electromagnetics code. The parallelization strategies will target different types of commercially available parallel processing hardware, including computer clusters and graphics processors.