Methodologies for Accurate Assessment of Target Characteristics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-12-C-7922
Agency Tracking Number: B112-039-0388
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA11-039
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
deciBel Research, Inc.
325 Bob Heath Drive, Huntsville, AL, -
DUNS: 121016096
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Harrison
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 489-6163
Business Contact
 Debbie Agarwal
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (256) 489-6193
Research Institution
Accurate knowledge of a target's radar signature is a critical issue in assessing the performance of the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMDS) system, and digital signature models continue are used extensively in simulation of BMDS elements. Though existing predictive signature codes are fast, they are limited in their ability to model non-specular scattering effects and dielectric materials. The need therefore exists for software codes that will correctly model these, while producing data quickly at the needed sampling rates. We propose to develop a predictive signature code, using the Method of Moments (MOM) and the Fast Multipole Method (FMM), that will address these issues. A key element of this new code will be its use of hardware and software acceleration strategies, leveraging threads, CPU vector instructions, and GPU computing. In Phase I, we will develop a proof-of-concept prototype software, and verify its validity using electromagnetic theory and measurements. The prototype software will be further developed and refined during the Phase II effort.

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