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This two-day course will be held at JPL - Pasadena, California on June 11th and 12th 2009. If you would like to participate, please contact

This course is likely to include:

  • Introductory presentations and tutorials to get new users started with CASPER.
  • Hands-on tutorials
  • Advanced uses and digging into the CASPER toolflow.
  • Get all your "How would I... " or "Why does it... " questions answered.
  • Presentations from existing CASPER hardware users.
  • Reports on first ROACH deployments.
  • Hear about the future of CASPER and what we have planned for the next year.

Before You Attend

If you are unfamiliar with the CASPER tools, you might want to visit Getting Started with CASPER to get a feel for the CASPER design philosophy and how it might help you to meet your science goals.

If you are interested in learning how CASPER hardware and tools might be suitable for a specific instrumentation project, please feel free to prepare details of what you're aiming for. We are eager to spend time discussing potential projects with participants -- this will probably be far more valuable than the structured parts of the workshop.


The following is a draft program. Suggestions are welcome.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Location: Building 167 Special Events Room (enter through main cafeteria dining area)

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Coffee

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Welcome and Introduction to CASPER hardware and tools.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Lunch

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM "Blink an LED" hands-on demo

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM Break

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM CASPER Case Study: Pulsar and Transient Instrumentation (Peter McMahon)

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM "Capture ADC Data" hands-on demo

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Hands-on Simulink with Q&A

Friday, 12 June 2009

Location: Building 167 Special Events Room (enter through main cafeteria dining area)

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Coffee

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM Useful hints and tips (Glenn Jones)

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM CASPER Project Demo: High bandwidth spectrometer (Glenn Jones)

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Instrument Interaction: iBOB and LwIP - power-pc commands, UDP packets, command and control, debugging with wireshark

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Break

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM SETI Spectrometer (Andrew Siemion), Correlators (Griffin Foster)

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Instrument Interaction: BEE2 and BORPH

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM But how do I do this REALLY?

How does one actually go about using the CASPER tools? In this session, we will go over the processes of identifying an extant design similar to your project goals, downloading the design from the CASPER Website / SVN, experimenting with the design and modifying to meet your specific needs. (Glenn Jones)

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Project Discussions?

3:15PM - 3:30 PM Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Project Discussions?

Participant List

Andrew Siemion, UC Berkeley

Griffin Foster, UC Berkeley

Glenn Jones, Caltech

Peter McMahon, Stanford

Robert Navarro, JPL

Joseph Trinh, JPL

Melissa Soriano, JPL

Douglas Wang, JPL

Les White, JPL

Tom Kuiper, JPL

Robert Jarnot, JPL

Sharmila Padmanabhan, JPL

Marcus Wagnborg, JPL

Dmitriy Bekker, JPL

Jonathan Kawamura, JPL

Jordan Tanabe, JPL

Robert Stachnik, JPL

Walid Majid, JPL

Boris Karasik, JPL

Ian O'Dwyer, JPL (probably cannot attend)

Yutao He, JPL

Jason Zheng, JPL

Anhua Chu, JPL

Kayla Nguyen, JPL

Jeff Dickson, JPL

Sean McHugh, UCSB

Andrew Merrill, UCSB (probably cannot attend)

Cristina Garcia-Miro (Spain)

Manuel Vazquez (Spain)

Computing Requirements

Participants will need to bring a laptop computer, preferably with an external mouse to aid working with XILINX/Simulink design tools. Participants will also need to ensure they have a remote desktop protocol (RDP) client installed on their system, as this will be used to access the build systems hosting design tools.

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