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  ** Announcing GNU Radio and RFNoC Workshops in the Boston Area **
                            (Reminder)

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Ettus Research will be running two free, hands-on, technical workshops
in the Boston area, and you are welcome to attend!

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                        *GNU Radio Workshop*

                           Monday April 30
                           09:00 to 17:00

                        National Instruments
                      800 Cummings Park Drive
                          Woburn, MA 01801
                 (I-93, Exit 36, Washington Street)

                Breakfast and Set-up start at 08:30
                 Workshop runs from 09:00 to 17:00

                        Registration Link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGz45YGv1kN-LQIZFg9C2bW-7Vt8-81OXKtRQ-NTAM4BwcVg/viewform

Full Title:
Introduction to the USRP, UHD, and GNU Radio (Open-Source Toolchain)

Abstract:
This workshop will provide a thorough and practical introduction to
the USRP hardware and the open-source software toolchain (UHD and
GNU Radio). We will examine the hardware and architecture of the
entire USRP family of software-defined radios. We will discuss topics
such as how to get started using a new USRP device, how to install and
configure the open-source software toolchain, programming the USRP
using the UHD API from C++, using GNU Radio with the USRP and creating
and running flowgraphs, using GNU Radio from both GRC and Python, and
various debugging techniques. Several exercises will be performed,
such as implementing an FM transmitter and receiver. Various
demonstrations of wireless systems will be shown. A discussion of the
embedded E310 radio and using embedded SDR will be included. Several
other open-source tools will be discussed, such as GQRX, Fosphor,
Inspectrum, and several Out-of-Tree (OOT) modules. A discussion of
cellular applications, including OpenBTS and LTE stacks, as well as
GPS/GNSS applications will be presented. Several other miscellaneous
topics such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking, host system performance
tuning, X300/X310 device recovery, and some best practices will be
discussed. Attendees should come away with a solid foundation and
practical understanding of how to configure, program, and use the USRP
to implement a wide range range of wireless systems.

Prerequisites:
Attendees do not need to bring any USRP radios or laptop computers.
All necessary hardware and software will be provided in the workshop.

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. Extensive or deep experience with
these topics is not necessary.

Attendees may optionally bring their own laptops for use in the
workshop. The laptop should have a minimum of 4 GB memory, 60 GB
of free disk space, one Ethernet port available, and one USB 3.0
port available, and should be able to have Linux installed onto them.

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                         *RFNoC Workshop*

                          Thursday May 3
                          16:00 to 21:00

                        Run as part of NEWSDR
                      http://www.sdr-boston.org/
  http://ecewp.ece.wpi.edu/wordpress/sdr-boston/workshops/newsdr-18/

                 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
                  Atwater Kent Laboratories Building
                       125 Salisbury Street
                        Worcester, MA 01609

                Pizza/Soda and Set-up start at 16:00
                  Workshop runs from 17:00 to 21:00

                        Registration Link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNwqutzlxOhAgKQt17_XjIi-4pUUkTe5oO-u4TZaQt_iqnvg/viewform

Full Title:
FPGA Programming on the USRP with the RFNoC Framework

Abstract:
Ettus Research's RFNoC (RF Network-on-Chip) software framework is
designed to decrease the development time for experienced FPGA
engineers seeking to integrate IP into the USRP FPGA signal
processing chain. RFNoC is the framework for USRP devices that use
Xilinx 7-series FPGAs (E310, E312, X300, X310). 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 GNU Radio.

Prerequisites:
Attendees do not need to bring any USRP radios or laptop computers.
All necessary hardware and software will be provided in the workshop.

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 may optionally bring their own laptops for use in the
workshop. The laptop should have a minimum of 4 GB memory, 60 GB
of free disk space, one Ethernet port available, and one USB 3.0
port available. Attendees are expected to install VirtualBox 5.1.26
onto the laptop. The laptop may run Windows, Mac, or Linux.

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Details and Logistics:

* The workshops are free, technical, and hands-on.

* Registration is required in advance, but is completely free.

* Space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come,
  first-serve basis.

* Your registration information will be kept private,
  and will not be shared with any third-party whatsoever.

* Registration for the GNU Radio Workshop and the RFNoC Workshop
  is done separately, as the latter is part of the NEWSDR event,
  but the former is not.

* For questions, please email "supp...@ettus.com".

* We look forward to seeing you!!

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