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GNSS-SDR v0.0.7

Carles Fernandez; Javier Arribas; Luis Esteve

This release has several improvements, addition of new features and bug fixes:

  • Improvements in receiver design: Internal block communication has been redesigned to accommodate the addition of new signals, and now upstream and downstream communication within blocks is implemented through the GNU Radio block’s asynchronous message passing system, leading to a more scalable, more robust and cleaner design.
  • Improvements in receiver design: Correlators have been rewritten to take full advantage of VOLK and VOLK_GNSSSDR, and they are of general use for any tracking block. Their API now admit an arbitrary number of correlators, spaced in an arbitrary manner, in 16ic and 32fc versions.
  • Improvements in receiver design: Block adapters are now all managed by smart pointers, ensuring better memory management.
  • Improvements in processing speed: The VOLK_GNSSSDR library has been rewritten, following current VOLK standards and adding a number of new kernels. This approach addresses both efficiency and portability. Now the library provides the key kernels for GNSS signal processing in 16ic and 32fc versions, including SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, AVX, AV2 and NEON implementations. Please execute volk_gnsssdr_profile’'' andvolk_profile’'’ to use the fastest implementation for your host machine.
  • New source block: Two_Bit_Packed_File_Signal_Source. This block takes 2 bit samples that have been packed into bytes or shorts as input and generates a byte for each sample.
  • Fixes in SUPL assistance ( removed).
  • Improvements in acquisition: Added a non CFAR PCPS acquisition algorithm based on the estimation of the post correlation noise floor. If enabled as an option in the acquisition configuration, it allows setting more stable thresholds in the presence of non-gaussian front-end noise (which is the usual behavior of front-ends.)
  • Fixes in acquisition: Fixed mismatch between the config files and the acquisition code in the specification of the IF. Fixed a bug in the length of the FFT of local codes.
  • Improvements in tracking sensitivity: Added configuration option to customize the extension of the GPS L1 CA correlation length after bit synchronization (options are: [1,2,4,5,10,20] ms). Only available in the GPS_L1_CA_DLL_PLL_C_Aid_Tracking implementation.
  • New tracking block introduced: GPS_L1_CA_DLL_PLL_C_Aid_Tracking is a GPS L1 C/A carrier PLL and code DLL with optional carrier-aid feedback. It is available in both 32 bits gr_complex input samples and in 16 bits short int complex samples. The gr_complex version has also the capability to extend the coherent correlation period from 1ms to 20ms using telemetry symbol synchronization.
  • Increased resolution in CN0 estimator internal variables.
  • Fixed a bug in computation of GPS L1 C/A carrier phase observable.
  • Fixed a bug in the internal state machine that was blocking the receiver after a few hours of usage. Now the receiver can work continually (tested for more than one week, no known limit).
  • New tracking block introduced: GPS_L1_CA_DLL_PLL_Tracking_GPU is a GPS L1 C/A carrier PLL and code DLL that uses the CUDA-compatible GPU to compute carrier wipe off and correlation operations, alleviating the CPU load.
  • Obsolete/buggy blocks removed: GPS_L1_CA_DLL_FLL_PLL_Tracking, GPS_L1_CA_DLL_PLL_Optim_Tracking.
  • Added a RTCM printer and TCP server in PVT blocks (still experimental). The receiver is now able to stream data in real time, serving RTCM 3.2 messages to multiple clients. For instance, it can act as a Ntrip Source feeding a Ntrip Server, or to be used as data input in RTKLIB, obtaining Precise Point Positioning fixes in real-time. The TCP port, Station ID, and rate of MT1019/MT1045 and MSM can be configured. GPS_L1_CA_PVT serves MT1019 (GPS Ephemeris) and MSM7 (MT1077, full GPS pseudoranges, phase ranges, phase range rates and CNR - high resolution) messages, while GALILEO_E1_PVT serves MT1045 (Galileo ephemeris) and MSM7 (MT1097, full Galileo pseudoranges, phase ranges, phase range rates and CNR - high resolution).
  • Added a GeoJSON printer. Basic (least-squares) position fixes can be now also stored in this format, in addition to KML.
  • Obsolete block removed: output filter.
  • QA code migrated to the new asynchronous message passing system.
  • Improvements in documentation: update of file, addition of documentation for the VOLK_GNSSSDR library, updated links to new ICDs.
  • Improvements in documentation: Satellite identification updated to current constellation status.
  • Updated and cleaner console output. Now Galileo satellites have the ‘E’ identifier in their PRN number.
  • Several improvements in CMake scripts allow to build GNSS-SDR in Linux Debian (Jessie, Stretch and Sid), Ubuntu (from 12.04 to 16.04), including amd64, i386, armhf and arm64 architectures, and possibly in other GNU/Linux distributions, as well as in Mac OS X 10.9 to 10.11. It also works well with CMake 3.5 (some problems solved with VOLK_GNSSSDR as a sub-project).
  • The software can link either against OpenSSL or against GnuTLS with openssl extensions, whatever it is available. This allows buildings in distributions such as Fedora or ArchLinux, while being compatible with binary distribution through Debian packages.
  • Fixed a number of defects detected by Coverity Scan.
  • Some fixes required by Debian licensing and packaging system.
  • Added a CGRAN ( manifest
  • Lots of code cleaning and fixes of typos and small bugs.

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