[oshug] OSHUG #53 — Getting started with FPGAs & Verilog using IceStorm & myStorm (workshop), Thursday 1st December.

Simon Watson simon at swat.me.uk
Wed Nov 30 16:18:26 UTC 2016

My sincere apologies but I am highly unlikely to make this tomorrow due to
personal reasons, I have tried cancelling via the website but it seems that
is not possible now.

I hope that someone may be able to take my place, even with short notice.

On Mon, 31 Oct 2016 at 09:28, Andrew Back <arback at computer.org> wrote:

> Hello,
> Excited to announce that in a little over a month we will be jointly
> hosting with BCS OSSG, a 1-day workshop that will serve as an
> introduction to FPGAs and Verilog, via the most excellent project
> IceStorm/Yosys/Arachne-pnr open source toolchain and myStorm iCE40
> FPGA board.
> You can find details below and note that at the time of writing there
> is a mistake on the BCS event page and the timing is 09:00-17:00, as
> on the OSHUG page.
> Place are limited, FPGA workshops have proven highly popular in the
> past and so if you would like to take part, I'd suggest registering
> sooner rather than later. However, please only register if you are
> confident that you can make it, as the workshop will likely sell out
> fairly quickly and we'd prefer to avoid having a waiting list and then
> empty seats on the day.
> Note that the venue for this is the RSA and not the BCS.
> There will also be a regular meeting in the evening, but at a
> different venue and further details will be provided in due course.
> Cheers,
> Andrew
> //
> On the 1 December 2016, 09:00 - 17:00 at Prince Philip Room, The Royal
> Society of Arts, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ.
>   Registration: http://oshug.org/event/53
> A full day, hands-on FPGA programming workshop that is free to attend.
> The regular monthly meeting will then follow in the evening, but at a
> different venue and for details see the OSHUG No. 54 event page (to be
> added soon!).
> Please note that if you intend to attend both the workshop and evening
> meeting, you must register separately for each of these!
> — Workshop details
> In this workshop we will build some basic Verilog blocks and modules
> targeting low power, low cost FPGAs from the Lattice iCE40 series. The
> workshop will operate using a complete open source Verilog toolchain
> based around Yosys and Arachne-PNR, which can be run on Linux and OS
> X. We will cover basic sequential and combinational logic blocks. In
> addition we will show you how you can combine simple ARM
> microcontroller code running alongside and communicating with Verilog
> peripherals synthesised on a Lattice iCE40 FPGA, all running together
> on myStorm.
> This workshop will give participants a real taste of FPGA development
> in an open source software environment, using open source hardware.
> * Ken Boak started his professional career at BBC Research Department
> in 1986 working on digital signal processing systems for HDTV and
> subsequently over 30 years, a mix of 10 other technology companies,
> both UK and US based, in the fields of instrumentation, automation,
> telemetry telecomms.
> Ken has been interested in energy monitoring since the early 1990s,
> when he constructed a 4 seater electric car, and provided rudimentary
> energy analysis of the battery charge and discharge cycles. In 1998 he
> joined a South London company and designed a low power wireless,
> monitor device for automatic, remote gas and electricity meter
> reading.
> In 2009 Ken worked on the Onzo Energy Monitoring Kit, a commercial
> device that was ultimately distributed to Southern Electric customers.
> Then in 2010 he produced a series of educational devices to teach
> engineering undergraduates the principles of photovoltaic energy
> systems.
> Ken has continued his interests in energy monitoring, working
> collaboratively with Megni on the OpenEnergyMonitor project, the open
> Inverter Project and also for All Power Labs in Berkeley, California,
> where he was involved in power monitoring of wood gasifier generator
> sets. He tries to live a low impact lifestyle in a modest Edwardian
> house in Surrey, with a little help from modern electronics.
> * Alan Wood has been working with parallel distributed programming for
> several decades. His recent work includes smart grids, 3D printers,
> robotics, automation and biotec diagnostics. His current research is
> focused on machine learning for embedded applications using Motes on
> FPGA and emerging Asics. He is a long term advocate and moderator (aka
> Folknology) for xCORE and other opensource communities, as well as a
> founder of Surrey and Hampshire Makerspace.
> — What to bring
> Participants must bring a laptop computer and ideally one that is
> running either Linux or OS X. If your laptop is running Windows, you
> should also bring along a Raspberry Pi or similar Linux SBC, that you
> can use to build the toolchain and program myStorm over USB.
> Note: Please aim to arrive by 08:45 as the workshop will start at 09:00
> prompt.
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