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[Discuss-gnuradio] Announcing GNU Radio and RFNoC Workshops in Columbia,

From: Neel Pandeya
Subject: [Discuss-gnuradio] Announcing GNU Radio and RFNoC Workshops in Columbia, Maryland
Date: Wed, 1 May 2019 01:04:56 -0500

         *** Announcing GNU Radio and RFNoC Workshops ***

     Ettus Research will be running a series of free, hands-on,
        technical workshops, and you are welcome to attend!

National Instruments
7125 Thomas Edison Drive, Suite 200
Columbia, Maryland, 21046, USA

Tuesday May 14 -- GNU Radio Workshop
Wednesday May 15 -- RFNoC Workshop

Workshops will run from 09:00 to 17:00
Coffee and donuts will be provided at 08:00
Lunch will be provided at around 12:00

Registration is required in advance, but is completely free:

GNU Radio Workshop Description:

Full Title:
Introduction to the USRP, UHD, and GNU Radio (Open-Source Toolchain)

This workshop will provide a thorough and practical introduction to
the USRP hardware and the open-source software toolchain (UHD and
GNU Radio). We will examine the hardware and architecture of the
entire USRP family of software-defined radios. We will discuss topics
such as how to get started using a new USRP device, how to install and
configure the open-source software toolchain, programming the USRP
using the UHD API from C++, using GNU Radio with the USRP and creating
and running flowgraphs, using GNU Radio from both GRC and Python, and
various debugging techniques. Several exercises will be performed,
such as implementing an FM transmitter and receiver. Various
demonstrations of wireless systems will be shown. A discussion of the
embedded E310 radio and using embedded SDR will be included. Several
other open-source tools will be discussed, such as GQRX, Fosphor,
Inspectrum, and several Out-of-Tree (OOT) modules. A discussion of
cellular applications, including OpenBTS and LTE stacks, as well as
GPS/GNSS applications will be presented. Several other miscellaneous
topics such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking, host system performance
tuning, X300/X310 device recovery, and some best practices will be
discussed. Attendees should come away with a solid foundation and
practical understanding of how to configure, program, and use the USRP
to implement a wide range range of wireless systems.

RFNoC Workshop Description:

Full Title:
FPGA Programming on the USRP with the RFNoC Framework

Ettus Research's RFNoC (RF Network-on-Chip) software framework is
designed to decrease the development time for experienced FPGA
engineers seeking to integrate IP into the USRP FPGA signal
processing chain. RFNoC is the framework for USRP devices that use
Xilinx 7-series FPGAs (E310, E312, X300, X310). RFNoC is built around
a packetized network infrastructure in the FPGA that handles the
transport of control and sample data between the host CPU and the
radio. Users target their custom algorithms to the FPGA in the form
of Computation Engines (CE), which are processing blocks that attach
to this network. CEs act as independent nodes on the network that can
receive and transmit data to any other node (e.g., another CE, the
radio block, or the host CPU).  Users can create modular,
FPGA-accelerated SDR applications by chaining CEs into a flow graph.
RFNoC is supported in UHD and GNU Radio. In this workshop, we will
present an interactive hands-on tutorial on RFNoC, including a
discussion on its design and capabilities, demonstrations of several
existing examples, and a walk-through on implementing a user-defined
CE and integrating the CE into GNU Radio.

Details and Logistics:

* The workshops are free, technical, and hands-on.

* Laptop computers and USRP radios will be provided in the workshop.
  Attendees do not need to bring or prepare anything.

* Attendees may optionally bring their own equipment.
  Contact "address@hidden" for specific setup requirements.

* For the USRP/GNU Radio Workshop, attendees should have some previous
experience with Linux and using the Linux command line, and basic
familiarity with a programming language such as C, C++, or Python,
and basic fundamental concepts in DSP and RF. For the RFNoC Workshop,
attendees should also have some basic familiarity with Verilog.
Extensive or deep experience with these topics is not necessary.

* Space is limited and will be allocated
  on a first-come,first-serve basis.

* Registration is required in advance, but is completely free.

              We look forward to seeing you there!!


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