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GALARIO: a GPU Accelerated Library for Analysing Radio Interferometer Observations

Marco Tazzari, Frederik Beaujean, Leonardo Testi
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, CB3 0HA, Cambridge, UK
arXiv:1709.06999 [astro-ph.IM], (20 Sep 2017)

@article{tazzari2017galario,

   title={GALARIO: a GPU Accelerated Library for Analysing Radio Interferometer Observations},

   author={Tazzari, Marco and Beaujean, Frederik and Testi, Leonardo},

   year={2017},

   month={sep},

   archivePrefix={"arXiv"},

   primaryClass={astro-ph.IM}

}

We present GALARIO, a computational library that exploits the power of modern graphical processing units (GPUs) to accelerate the analysis of observations from radio interferometers like ALMA or Jansky VLA. GALARIO speeds up the computation of synthetic visibilities from a generic 2D model image or a radial brightness profile (for axisymmetric sources). On a GPU, GALARIO is 150 faster than standard Python and 10 times faster than serial C++ code on a CPU. Highly modular, easy to use and to adopt in existing code, GALARIO comes as two compiled libraries, one for Nvidia GPUs and one for multicore CPUs, where both have the same functions with identical interfaces. GALARIO comes with Python bindings but can also be directly used in C or C++. The versatility and the speed of GALARIO open new analysis pathways that otherwise would be prohibitively time consuming, e.g. fitting high resolution observations of large number of objects, or entire spectral cubes of molecular gas emission. It is a general tool that can be applied to any field that uses radio interferometer observations. The source code is available online under the open source GNU Lesser General Public License v3.
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