A weighted spatial-spectral kernel RX algorithm and efficient implementation on GPUs

Chunhui Zhao, Jiawei Li, Meiling Meng, Xifeng Yao

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The kernel RX (KRX) detector proposed by Kwon and Nasrabadi exploits a kernel function to obtain a better detection performance. However, it still has two limits that can be improved. On the one hand, reasonable integration of spatial-spectral information can be used to further improve its detection accuracy. On the other hand, parallel computing can be used to reduce the processing time in available KRX detectors. Accordingly, this paper presents a novel weighted spatial-spectral kernel RX (WSSKRX) detector and its parallel implementation on graphics processing units (GPUs). The WSSKRX utilizes the spatial neighborhood resources to reconstruct the testing pixels by introducing a spectral factor and a spatial window, thereby effectively reducing the interference of background noise. Then, the kernel function is redesigned as a mapping trick in a KRX detector to implement the anomaly detection. In addition, a powerful architecture based on the GPU technique is designed to accelerate WSSKRX. To substantiate the performance of the proposed algorithm, both synthetic and real data are conducted for experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number441
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Anomaly detection
  • Graphics processing units (GPUs)
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Kernel mapping
  • Parallel processing
  • Spatial-spectral information

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Information Systems
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biochemistry
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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