A technique used to accelerate an adaptive optics simulation platform using reconfigurable logic is described. The performance of parts of this simulation has been improved by up to 600 times (reducing computation times by this factor) by implementing algorithms within hardware and enables adaptive optics simulations to be carried out in a reasonable time scale. This demonstrates that it is possible to use reconfigurable logic to accelerate computational codes by very large factors when compared with conventional software approaches, and this has relevance for many computationally intensive applications. The use of reconfigurable logic for high performance computing is currently in its infancy and has never before been applied to this field.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics
Original Manuscript: June 27, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 9, 2006
Published: February 2, 2007
Alastair Basden, "Adaptive optics simulation performance improvements using reconfigurable logic," Appl. Opt. 46, 900-906 (2007)