WARP Workshop at Nile University
April 16, 2008
The WARP Workshop at Nile University introduces attendees to the Rice WARP development platform, including the hardware and software tools used to develop and implement designs in WARP. Attendees will learn the complete WARP design flow, from specification of initial design parameters through implementation of designs on WARP hardware.
Attendees will learn about the hardware-level capabilities of WARP and the system-level design flow. A brief presentation will be followed by a lab exercise where attendees will use the design tools to implement a simple hardware co-processor on the FPGA.
Classical physical layer algorithms such as orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) will be presented in the context of physical layer design for WARP. Following the presentation, attendees will use the design tools learned in the previous exercise to generate base-band waveforms on the FPGA and upconvert them to RF using the WARP radio boards.
Networking protocols will be discussed in the context of design realization and at-scale experimentation on WARP. Specifically, the medium access control (MAC) layer will be the focus. Using WARP's medium access framework, attendees will implement a simplified ALOHA protocol and demonstrate its capabilities with real-world traffic from a PC.
Helpful Material: Medium Access Overview and knowledge of C programming.
Attendees will utilize MATLAB, Simulink, and Xilinx Platform Studio throughout this two-day workshop. Familiarity with Xilinx development tools, specifically Xilinx Platform Studio, is helpful but not required. Familiarity with MATLAB is required. Development stations, including all required computer hardware and software, will be provided.
Additional tutorials and references can be found at:
- http://www.xilinx.com/univ, See Teaching Materials; requires free registration
Convention Center of the Smart Village, Km 28, Cairo/Alex Desert Rd.