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Intermediate Level

This course is aimed at students with prior programming experience and a desire to understand computation approaches to problem solving.

Approx. 10 hours to complete

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

This course is aimed at students with prior programming experience and a desire to understand computation approaches to problem solving.

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-10 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Familizarize youself with FPGA technologies

9 videos (Total 57 min), 2 quizzes
9 videos
FPGA-based systems and reconfiguration4m
Programmable System-on-Multiple Chips7m
Programmable System-on-Chips4m
FPGAs main building blocks7m
How to program an FPGA: bitstream and configuration5m
How to program an FPGA: system description and physical design7m
CAD Tools for FPGA-based systems design6m
An introuction to the SDx development environment9m
2 practice exercises
QUIZ 140m
QUIZ 230m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

A bird's eye view on SDAccel

7 videos (Total 37 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
An introduction to SDAccel and the OpenCL-based flow5m
OpenCL computational model: global and local sizes4m
Not only OpenCL! The Rationale behind the RTL and C flows5m
SDAccel memory model5m
SDAccel "emulations"5m
SDAccel runtime4m
1 reading
SDAccel Environment Programmers Guide2h
1 practice exercise
QUIZ 330m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

On how to optmize your system

5 videos (Total 37 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
FPGA Parallelism vs Processor Architecture 1/27m
FPGA Parallelism vs Processor Architecture 2/28m
Scheduling, Pipelining, and Dataflow8m
Application Optimization Flow6m
1 reading
SDAccel Environment Profiling and Optimisation Guide1h 30m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ 430m
5 hours to complete

Optimize your system via SDAccel

6 videos (Total 34 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Interface optimizations: Overall context and an overview of a typical target architecture6m
Interface optimizations: a first example5m
Burst data transfer3m
Using full AXI data width4m
Using multiple memory banks3m
2 readings
SDAccel Environment Profiling and Optimisation Guide2h
Sources Codes1h 30m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ 530m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Other optimizations

6 videos (Total 43 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Kernel optimization: loop unrolling 2/26m
Kernel optimization: loop pipelining9m
Kernel optimization: array partitioning 1/28m
Kernel optimization: array partitioning 2/27m
Host optimizations5m
2 readings
SDAccel Environment Profiling and Optimisation Guide1h 30m
Source Codes1h 30m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ 630m
3 hours to complete

An introduction to FPGA-augmented cloud infrastructures

3 videos (Total 14 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
An introduction to SDAccel and the AWS EC2 F1 instances8m
Closing remarks and future directions1m
1 reading
A Scalable FPGA Design for Cloud N-Body Simulation2h
1 practice exercise
QUIZ 720m

Instructor

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Marco Domenico Santambrogio

Associate Professor
DEIB - Dept. of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering

About Politecnico di Milano

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