|15-828/18-847||Spring 1998||January 12|
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for and engage in research on reconfigurable computing. During the course students will read, review, and discuss papers both in the fundamental areas of reconfigurable computing (FPGAs, CAD, computer architecture, and compilers) and on recent research in the area. In addition, we will explore the area through several labs and a semester long research project.
|Prof. Seth Copen Goldstein
7122 Wean Hall, x8-3828
|Dr. Herman Schmit
2108 Hammershlag Hall, x8-6470
MW 1:30-2:50, WeH 5409B
Seth Copen Goldstein, Herman Schmit
Your participation in the course will involve the following forms of activity: attending and participating in the seminars, reading and reviewing papers, doing the labs, scribing, and a research project.
The seminar is focused on reading and discussing papers on the foundations for and the recent research on reconfigurable computing. As such, there will be two or three papers assigned for each class. The papers will be reviewed prior to and then discussed in class. For each class there will be a scribe, who will be responsible for creating a written reference for the class. In addition to the class discussions students will complete two directed labs and a research project.
The approximate grade break down is as follows:
Class Participation 40% Two Labs 20% Research Project 40%
Class participation includes oral participation in class, scribe notes, paper reviews, and class presentations. If you disagree with a grade for a lab1 you should submit your request for a regrade in writing to one of the instructors.
Students are expected to hand in reviews of the assigned papers by midnight of the day on which the paper will be discussed. The review should be a synthesis of a peer review for a conference or journal paper and a book report. It should contain four sections:
Reviews should be submitted as HTML documents which contain the equivalent of 1 page of text, in other words, less than 3200 bytes in the body of the document. The template for a review can be retrieved from
Occasionally, we will provide you with a series of questions that should guide the review. In this case, you can ignore the review format described above and simply answer the questions in the review template.
As there is no one complete reference for reconfigurable computing we will build a reference as we go along by scribing each seminar and publishing the scribe notes on the Web. Each student will scribe 2 or 3 lectures (depending on the class size). The scribe should send a draft to the designated instructor within three days of the seminar. After meeting with instructor, the scribe will make revisions and have a final version ready one week after the seminar.
Scribe notes will be published on the web and given out in class. Both the html and postscript for the scribe notes should be placed in /afs/cs/academic/class/15828/scribe/week-x/. If the notes are written in something other than html, place the source for the notes in /afs/cs/academic/class/15828/scribe/week- x/src/ along with a Makefile.
The class has lab space in both HH A104 and Wean 3701. In HH A104 there are two PCs with Wildfire boards, there is one PC with Altera support. In Wean 3701, we have one Wildfile board and one PC with Altera support. Both labs requires a card key, so if you think you need access to a machine there, please contact one of the instructors.
If you don't have access to ece afs space, you need to get an ece student account immediately as all of the software needed for lab 1 requires afs access to ece directories.
If you are planning to run the software from your own machine you will have to make sure that resolve.conf has ece.cmu.edu in it, or that /etc/hosts has the ECE license server machines (encore and knave) listed in it. You will know that you need to make these changes when the software does not work because it can't get a license.
Graded assignments will be handed back electronically as well. If your userid is seth then to look at our comments (and your grade) on lab1 you would go to the directory /afs/cs/academic/class/15828/handin/seth/lab1/handback.
The following is a proposed schedule of seminar topics and other due dates.
|1||1/12||Mon||Intro/Admin/Etc.||Hand out Lab1|
|3||1/19||Mon||Intro to FPGA Architectures|
|6||1/28||Wed||SPLASH and DNA String Matching|
|1/30||Fri||Lab 1 due|
|7||2/2||Mon||Systolic Architectures/Apps||Handout Lab2|
|10||2/11||Wed||Function Unit Systems|
|11||2/16||Mon||Partial Reconfiguration||Handout Sample Projects|
|2/21||Fri||Lab 2 due|
|14||2/25||Wed||Selected Student Presentations|
|15||3/4||Wed||FPGA Logic Cells||Project Description Due|
|16||3/9||Mon||FPGA Tech Mapping|
|20||3/30||Mon||FPGA Interconnect/Routing I|
|21||4/1||Wed||FPGA Interconnect/Routing II|
|22||4/6||Mon||HW/SW Co-Design/Partitioning||Progress Report Due|
|5/7||Final Project Due|
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