********************************************************************* INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
You are cordially invited to the 2019 New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2019), which is the ninth installment of an annual series of symposium and workshop events organized by the Boston SDR User Group (SDR-Boston).
This year, NEWSDR will be held at University of Massachusetts at Boston. It consists of a day-long symposium on Friday, as well as several hands-on short courses the evening before on Thursday. You are welcome to attend either or both events, which are entirely free.
Attendance is typically about 100 people, and attendees come from both academia and industry.
* (title and abstract coming soon!) by Analog Devices
* "FPGA Programming on the USRP with the RFNoC Framework" by Ettus Research / National Instruments
Analog Devices and Ettus Research will each run a short course the evening before the main event. Short courses are technical, practical, hands-on activities. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Free pizza and soda will be provided.
-------------------- Title: FPGA Programming on the USRP using the RFNoC Framework
Abstract: The RFNoC (RF Network-on-Chip) software framework from Ettus Research is meant to decrease the development time for experienced FPGA engineers seeking to integrate IP into the USRP signal processing chain. RFNoC is the architecture for USRP devices that use Xilinx 7-series FPGAs (E310, E312, E320, X300, X310, N310, N320). 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 both UHD and GNU Radio.
Prerequisites: 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 have basic understanding of fundamental concepts in DSP and RF. Attendees should also have some basic familiarity with Verilog. Extensive or deep experience with these topics is not necessary.
Attendees do not have to bring any USRP radios or laptop computers. All necessary hardware and software will be provided in the workshop.
Attendees may optionally bring their own laptops and/or radios for use in the workshop. Please contact "address@hidden" for specific setup and configuration requirements.
15:30 – 16:30 Technical Presentation from MediaTek
16:30 – 17:00 Closing Remarks and Poster Awards
Technical Poster Presentations: * Covering the recent work in SDR and cognitive radio technology * Poster presentations are now being solicited * See link at the bottom of this email to submit your abstract
Corporate Sponsors (tentative): * MathWorks * Mediatek * Analog Devices * Ettus Research / National Instruments * University of Massachusetts at Boston, College of Sciences and Mathematics
The symposium features plenary speakers, technical poster presentation sessions, hardware and software demonstrations from the event sponsors, and workshops from the event sponsors, all focusing on recent work in SDR and cognitive radio technology. Free breakfast, lunch, and coffee will be provided. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required.
The symposium provides an excellent networking opportunity and a terrific venue to exchange thoughts and ideas with other people working in the SDR space.