The low-bandwidth VCHILL operation allows the remote users to access the archived and real-time data estimated at the radar site, and simultaneously display them on their local machines. A parallel receiver was developed exclusively for the independent high-bandwidth VCHILL operation. The parallel receiver operates in conjunction with the network server so that it arranges the digitized signals into a specified packet in real-time and transmits them at a data rate of a few hundred Mbps. The high-bandwidth radar signals transferred to the remote users are processed according to their needs. End-system architectures were also developed to accommodate the demands of the real-time requirements. Graphic User Interface (GUI) provides the end-users at various institutions with ease of installation and usage.
Several universities and institutes have been actively using the low-bandwidth VCHILL for education and research. The architecture for the high-bandwidth VCHILL was successfully implemented and evaluated in real time using a test bed at the CHILL radar facility. The VCHILL not only expands the educational experience provided by the radar system, but also provides a new environment to develop innovative research applications for atmospheric remote sensing.