CASPER Taiwan Workshop 2011

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This three-day course will be held at ASIAA - Taipei, Taiwan on March 23th to 25th 2011. 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 ROACH2 .
  • Discuss about the broadband interferometric correlator by CASPER technology.

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.

Visitor Information

The workshop will be held in ASIAA. Please visit ASIAA's website for more details. ASIAA website

The talks will be in Room 1203 and the hands-on labs will be in Room 1301.


The following is a draft program. Suggestions are welcome.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Location: Room 1203, ASIAA. Map of ASIAA

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Coffee

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM Welcome. (Paul Ho)

9:40 AM - 10:30 AM High level introduction to CASPER hardware and tools. (Dan)

  • to include brief mention of the breadth of extant casper instruments

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break

10:45 AM - 11:10 AM Introduction to CASPER tutorials, tools and instrument design (Andrew) Download .pdf

11:10 AM - 11:25 AM Introduction to CASPER instrument networks - XAUI, 10 GbE, UDP packets, multicast and switching (Mark)

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Group Photo / Break

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Tutorial setup / participant introductions - Room 1301

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM [ Tutorial 1, Introduction to Simulink (Berkeley)

  • logins, vnc/rdc setup etc...

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Tutorial 2, 10GbE Interface (Berkeley)

  • possible continuation of Tutorial 1

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (In Parallel) Informal instrument discussions, Q&A

6:30 PM - Banquet( Venue:醉紅小酌 02 2367 8561 羅斯福路三段240巷1號 )

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Location: Room 1203, ASIAA. Map of ASIAA

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Coffee

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM DACOTA: The Dense Array for Cosmology and Transient Astrophysics (David DeBoer) Download .pdf

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Cylinder Radio Telescope (Tzu-Ching Chang)

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM All about spectrometers and transient instrumentation - science (Andrew) Download .pdf

11:25 AM - 11:40 AM All about spectrometers - digital design (Mark)

11:40 AM - 12:15 PM All about correlators (Dan)

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Tutorials - Room 1301

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Tutorial 3,Wideband Spectrometer (Berkeley)

3:00 PM Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Tutorial 4,Wideband Pocket Correlator (Berkeley)

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM (In Parallel) Informal instrument discussions, Q&A

Friday, 25 March 2011

Location: Room 1203, ASIAA. Map of ASIAA

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM Coffee

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Introduction and status update of ROACH 2 (Dan)

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Packetized Correlator in ASIAA (Homin) Download .pdf

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM Broadband SMA Correlator (Chao-Te Li) Download .pdf

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM Break

10:40 AM - 12:00 AM Open discussion - SMA Correlator (ASIAA + Berkeley)

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? The Search for ET with help from Eight Million Volunteers

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM Coffee Break

3:20 PM - 5:00 PM Tutorials, informal discussion

Participant List

Andrew Siemion, UC Berkeley

Mark Wagner, UC Berkeley

Dan Werthimer, UC Berkeley

Dave DeBoer, UC Berkeley

Chris Schaab, SAO

Jesus Garcia LLedo, INSA, Spain

Mark Chen, ASIAA

Joshua Chang, ASIAA

Chi-Wen Lo, ASIAA

Jui-Tien, Chang, ASIAA

Nicolas Pradel, ASIAA

Homin Jiang, ASIAA

Chia-Te Li, ASIAA

Howard Liu, ASIAA

Tzu-Ching Chang, ASIAA

Ben Chen , ASIAA

Vivien Chen, NTHU, Taiwan

Arthur Tsai, NTHU, Taiwan

Locutus Huang, NTU, Astronomy, Taiwan

Da-Shung Su. NTU, EE , Taiwan

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.

For Mac users visit:

Other OSs:

Running Casper tools in ASIAA