Accelerating Systems with Programmable Logic Components 2019/2020 (10 credits)

Spring 2020, 67 %, Campus

Start date: 23 March 2020

End date: 7 June 2020

Application Deadline: 15 October 2019

Enrolment Code: UU-61207 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Uppsala

Selection: Higher education credits in science and engineering (maximum 240 credits)

Entry Requirements: 120 credits including Computer Architecture, a basic course in digital circuits (especially state machines) and a basic course in programming.
English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6").


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Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 24167

Tuition fee, total: SEK 24167

About the course:

On completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • define complex digital circuits using hardware description languages such as VHDL or Verilog
  • test, debug, and verify digital designs using test benches and simulation tools
  • integrate custom programmable logic components with processor-based systems
  • analyse power and performance of accelerating key system components
  • demonstrate how a processor interacts with an accelerator through software
  • Syntax and semantics of hardware description languages, and their use to define digital systems.
  • Design and implementation of test benches and the use of simulation-based and on-chip debugging facilities for verifying system designs.
  • Parallelisation of key algorithms for higher throughput and lower latency.
  • Integration of hardware accelerators at the system- and software-levels.
  • Overview of different design styles and abstraction methods.
  • An extensive project in simulation and synthesis, designing a realistic accelerator for a system on chip processor system. 

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