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

Andrew Back arback at computer.org
Mon Oct 31 09:28:55 UTC 2016


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.




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

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

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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