AMRAD HacDC FPGA Workshops (long)
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Thu Oct 8 10:38:19 CDT 2009
Maitland, Rob Seastrom and myself went down to DC last night and
attended the firs HacDC FPGA Workshop. It looks like it will be a good
set of sessions for our Charleston builders to learn the Verilog
programming language. There were enough people that the teacher got lots
of questions. The downside is the trip down into DC at rush hour. Rob
and I drove together and it took over 2 hours but that was probably due
to stalled vehicle on the GW Parkway. Nonetheless, I don't think that
will work for me on a regular basis.
They are putting the slides up on their web site and the last nights
slides are already there. A video camera recorded the session and they
plan to put it up for download shortly. It is expected to be in a Mpeg2
compatible format that we should all be able to read. The video will be
in a decent resolution but will also be large. When it is put up, I
will download it and see how well that has worked out.
We can go to their web site and download the slides now. Go to the List
of Lectures and on the first session click under the Topic Covered. You
will be taken to the RapidShare web site for getting the download.
Their web site is at
I expect to see the video here also. With the slides and video we
should be able to follow their workshop sessions at my lab. My plan is
to do this on Wednesday evenings. The material will be one week after
the session at HacDC. They expect their last session on December 16th
so our last session would fall on December 24th so we would have to do
that session at some other time to avoid collision with Christmas eve.
I can set up the projector so we can all sit around to view the video
and we can hand out copies of the slides. As the work progresses we
will move to the work benches here in the lab with our Nexsys2 boards
and notebook computers to work on the exercises.
The good thing is we have way more workbench spaces than downtown and
everyone can run their own work at the same time. This way we can help
each other over the rough spots as we learn how to do this Verilog thing.
I also want to get the IRLP up and running real soon now. This will let
our members that cannot attend in person to have a means to talk with
the group at the lab. Terry Fox and Joe Sluz are the persons that come
I have not heard from anyone yet about interest in attending. Do we
have any interest? Please speak up and email me so I can judge the
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