PMODTRAN: a parallel implementation based on MODTRAN for massive remote sensing data processing Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. MODerate resolution atmospheric TRANsmission (MODTRAN) is a commercial remote sensing (RS) software package that has been widely used to simulate radiative transfer of electromagnetic radiation through the Earth's atmosphere and the radiation observed by a remote sensor. However, when very large RS datasets must be processed in simulation applications at a global scale, it is extremely time-consuming to operate MODTRAN on a modern workstation. Under this circumstance, the use of parallel cluster computing to speed up the process becomes vital to this time-consuming task. This paper presents PMODTRAN, an implementation of a parallel task-scheduling algorithm based on MODTRAN. PMODTRAN was able to reduce the processing time of the test cases used here from over 4.4 months on a workstation to less than a week on a local computer cluster. In addition, PMODTRAN can distribute tasks with different levels of granularity and has some extra features, such as dynamic load balancing and parameter checking.

author list (cited authors)

  • Huang, F., Zhou, J. i., Tao, J., Tan, X., Liang, S., & Cheng, J.

citation count

  • 17

publication date

  • September 2016