Component-based Environment for Remote Sensing


Project Leader, Head Researcher, and Chief Programmer
Dr. Walter Ligon
Parallel Architecture Research Laboratory - Clemson University
NASA Earth and Space Science (ESS) program, HPCC, and the Earth Science and Technology Office (ESTO)

CERSe is a project aimed at providing an environment for remote sensing which is easy to use, extensible, and takes advantage of high-performance parallel computer hardware.  By ease of use we mean that it provides a component-based environment, design and performance tools, a graphical environment, etc.  The power of CERSe comes in a combination of ways.  CERSe targets a hardware platform of Beowulf-class supercomputers. 

CERSe, the software we use, the parallel programming extensions (MPI-MPICH), the parallel filesystem (PVFS), and all other parts of a Beowulf are all free of cost and open source.  CERSe is one of several environments conforming to / developed under CECAAD - the Clemson Environment for Computer Aided Application Design.

Check out WebWulf for a host of images which CERSe has produced.

CERSe has progressed to some form of completion. We demonstrated the project at Supercomputing 2000 in Dallas, Texas and Supercomputing 2001 in Denver, Colorado as part of the NASA booth. NASA has a site which has our posters and some explanation here.

CERSe is now a PSE developed through the use of Coven. Coven provides a framework for PSE development for parallel computers.


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