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Volume 48, 2022The 4th International Conference on Computing and Wireless Communication Systems (ICCWCS 2022)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Antennas & Propagation|
|Published online||02 September 2022|
MIMO Radar Hardware Acceleration with Enhanced Resolution
Royal Military College of Canada, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Canada
This paper proposes a method for accelerating an enhanced resolution 3D (range, velocity, and azimuth) Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) radar on a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). Implementation of MIMO radars and the investigation of their performance are of interest to the research community. However, the MIMO mode of operation increases the computational requirements of the radar system and seldom permits real-time operation without performance compromises. Current methods for achieving reasonable frame rates include reducing the scope of the radar (i.e., limiting the number of dimensions, the field of view, or the ranges of interest), choosing efficient but coarse algorithms (i.e., the FFT for range, velocity, and bearing estimation), or offloading the computation on task specific hardware, DSP, or FPGA. The proposed framework enables real-time operation of the MIMO radar by performing the signal processing on a GPU without compromising the radar coverage, while replacing the widely used 3D FFT with an enhanced resolution alternative. The proposed framework is tested on a Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) MIMO radar using 8 transmitters, 8 receivers, and having a Coherent Processing Interval (CPI) of 256 chirps. The parallel implementation of the enhanced resolution signal processing yields an acceleration of 453.6x when compared to sequential execution on CPU.
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