====================================================================== GNU Radio Workshop Description:
Full Title: Introduction to the USRP, UHD, and GNU Radio (Open-Source Toolchain)
Abstract: 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.
Full Title: FPGA Programming on the USRP with the RFNoC Framework
Abstract: 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.