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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2019 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  GPU Accelerated Earth Science Data to Image Pyramid Generation
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Mathematics
Mentor:  Joe Roberts, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 393-8249
Background:  The NASA Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) provides quick access to over 800 satellite imagery products, covering every part of the world. Most imagery is available within a few hours after satellite overpass, some products span almost 30 years, and the imagery can be rendered in a web client or GIS application. In order to provide quick access to these visualizations, GIBS pre-generates all of the imagery and serves them out as tiles at varying levels of detail (i.e., a tiled image pyramid). The large scale image generation and storage of data are drawbacks to this approach. The project would like to explore alternative approaches, in particular, generating imagery on the fly from raw data by leveraging GPU computational power and cloud technologies.
Description:  This project involves the exploration of new software libraries that leverage GPU computational power and parallelism to achieve rapid on-the-fly image pyramid generation from Earth science data. The project will also investigate cloud-based and other technologies for handling large scale data processing and services. Technologies such as CUDA, GDAL, and web mapping servers will be used to serve imagery for client applications.
Student Requirements:  C/C++, Python, Pandas, CUDA/OpenCL, GDAL
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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