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ISA has been developing and deploying high performance, missions critical processing systems for the US Government since 1997. The systems built by ISA constitute the "heavy lifting" portions of our customer's processing chain in terms of data rates and compute intensity. The company's expertise includes:

Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
ISA has deployed dozens of real-time processing systems designed to detect and characterize unknown pulse and continuous-wave (CW) waveforms in time series data at rates ranging from 25 million samples per second (MS/s) all the way up to 1200 MS/s. Example DSP systems are Floodlight (very wideband parameterizer), Spotlight (wideband parameterizer), and BeachComber (CW processor). For each DSP system, the company uses a combination of general purpose computers, FPGA-based processors, and advanced software architectures.

Automated Algorithm Development
ISA has extensive experience in automatic parameter estimation and feature extraction for real-time systems. ISA's pulse and CW waveform detection and characterization algorithms have been developed to provide high sensitivity detection, high accuracy parameter estimation, and low false report rates in a purely automatic mode. These algorithms have been optimized using both simulated and real data and are capable of dealing with many difficult real-world conditions such as interfering signals and non-stationary effects. Below are intermediate time and frequency data processing products from the automated algorithms that are used for estimating signal parameters.

Magnitude and phase pulse
packet data
Spectral and time representations of
pulse doppler signal frame

Optical Signal Processing (OSP)
ISA utilizes OSP when a DSP solution is either not available or is cost prohibitive. The Optical Energy Detector (OED) was the company's first OSP application. The OED used an acousto-optic modulator and the Fourier transform property of a lens to generate the Power Spectrum (PS), and employed a high-speed camera and framegrabber to digitize the PS. ISA also developed an Optical Correlator for performing a million-point correlation on wideband signals in real time. The OC module is rack-mountable and has a throughput of 0.6 TFLOPS.

Persistent Surveillance
ISA is developing two systems that can provide significant intelligence products to the defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities. The first is a Tactical SIGINT System (TSS) designed to provide Force Protection / Force Multiplication for the War-fighter in theater. The second system is the Wide Area Video Camera (WAVcam) that has application in Border Security as well as a military Force Protection role. The WAVcam also has civil security applications for large areas such as airports, industrial facilities, or public events.

Software Architectures
ISA implements decoupled architectures through extensive use of: the messaging paradigm, the publish-subscribe model, the service configurator pattern, shared object libraries, and pipelining. ISA's product line of graphical user interface displays provide creative visualization of real-time, high bandwidth data streams.

High Performance Computing
High performance computing is achieved by parallelizing the problem, running on multi-core multi-blade servers, mapping work to processes with the right form of IPC, leveraging thread pools within processes, embedding data acquisition, and optimizing Command and Control.

Systems Engineering / Trade Studies
ISA partitions the problem into proper and achievable building blocks. Its architectural approach defines the interfaces between these blocks, and then uses the right technology for each block and boundary.

Apply Key COTS Technology Creatively
ISA continually tracks technology advances in order to maintain the critical edge necessary to compete in our fast paced industry. Whenever possible ISA will incorporate proven technology into our solutions to ensure we produce cost effective, on time, and high performing systems. Examples of some of these commercially developed products are: UNIX-based compute systems, PCI-based A/D cards, 10baseT, Gbit and HiPPI network fabric, Matlab, high speed area/line scan cameras, lasers, optics, acoustic/optic modulators, spatial log and light modulators.

Visualization and Analysis Capabilities
ISA uses MATLAB (a high-level technical computing language) to optimize data visualization, algorithm development, and data analysis. MATLAB allows rapid prototyping of complicated signal processing algorithms. Below is our streaming RF visualization tool: amplitude vs time (top), frequency vs time (spectogram, bottom), frequency vs power (power spectral density estimate, right).

ISA pulse parameterizers detect and characterize potential signals in real time. The resultant "descriptor words" have been overlaid below, with color representing modulation type.

ISA's single pulse plotting MATLAB tool provides parallel displays of amplitude, phase, and phase error.

ISA's pulse doppler parameterizer processes a stream of digital samples, and outputs a set of segmented data words (SDWs) that contain the estimated parameters for the pulse doppler frames detected. Our visualization capabilities include the spectrogram on the left, and the output of a single FFT on the right.

ISA signal processing relies on the "pipes and filters" architecture: each processing algorithm ("filter") contributes its piece to the aggregate pipeline. The tool below provides a visual quality check on the evolution of a vector of center frequencies. The top graph is the input to our center frequency tuning module, and the bottom graph is its output. The analyst can readily inspect the fidelity of the results.

To assist the signal analyst in evaluating statistical performance and generating statistical reports, ISA has developed a MATLAB tool that allows an entire directory of test data to be visualized.

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