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159.735 Assignment 4
Modelling Gravitational Lensing on a GPU
Gravitational (micro)lensing occurs when a foreground star (the lens) passes
along the line-of-sight of a background star (the source). A consequence of
Einstein’s theory of general relativity is that light rays do not always travel in
straight lines. A light ray will follow the natural ”curvature” of space-time if
it passes by an object that has mass. The result of this is that the foreground
star acts as a lens on the background star. The lens star will produce two
arc shaped images of the source star. More complicated image patterns are
produced if there are several lens stars. In this exercise, you will see what
they look like.
In gravitational lensing, the mapping between the source and the lens plane
is given by the lens equation. If the two dimensional source, ζ and image
positions, z, are expressed in complex form, the lens equation for NL lenses
with positions zm,
In principle, given the position of the source star, one can solve this equation
to derive the image positions on the source plane. In practice, this is very
difficult to do, as it requires one to solve a high order complex polynomial. A
conceptually simple way is to use the technique of “inverse ray tracing”. the
lens plane is divided into pixels and a ray is shot from each pixel position.
The corresponding position on the source plane is then calculated directly
from the lens equation. If the ray shot from a particular pixel happens to
land on the source star, then that pixel forms part of the gravitationally
lensed image of the star. This works for simple lens configurations and very
complex patterns resulting from many lenses.
The Assignment
On the Stream site, download a copy of lensing.tar and unpack this.
This package includes lenses.cpp which provides an implementation of the
lens equation and a startup program lens demo.cpp You need to complete
the section of the code that generates the lens image. Try the sequential
version for different lens configurations. You can use ds9 to view the images.
Note that stars are not generally of uniform brightness across their discs.
They appear darker towards the edge. You can include this ”limb darkening”
by weighting the lens image pixel according to where the ray lands within
the source star disc.
and r is the distance from the center of the star where the ray lands, rstar
is the radius of the star, and λ is the limb darkening coefficient (typically
λ = 0.5).
Now write a CUDA implementation that runs on the GPU. You
may use the GPU cards installed in the lab workstations, or any other card
on which you have access.
Submission
Please submit your C or C++ source code together with a report where you
should address at least the following.
? State the GPU card that use implement your assignment. Give the
number of processing units on that card and any other information
that is relevant.
? Describe how you implemented your solution to the inverse ray tracing
problem on the GPUs. Marks will be awarded for thoughtful answers
that demonstrate your understanding of the GPU architecture.
? Try running your program for different problem sizes, ie try generating
lens images of different resolutions and for different sizes of the lensing
system. Comment on the performances you see.
Due date: TBD
This assignment is worth 20% of your final grade

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