A key feature of KAU is a close combination of the educational process with modern scientific research. Following new scientific achievements, new scientific structures (departments and research centers) will be created at the university according to the latest scientific trends. The far-reaching goal of this process is to ensure the development of society and economy in our country, which are based on knowledge and, therefore, require the training of relevant specialists with a high level of qualification and creative potential. We pay special attention to experimental activities and to digital systems for physical experimentation, its automation, and remote experimentation possibilities. Our initiative or “working horse” in this branch is the Digital Systems for Physics Experiments laboratory.
Name of Unit: Digital Electronics Lab: FPGA Group
General interest of the laboratory belongs to instrumental physics, especially to advanced FPGA based systems for physics experiments, automatization, visualization, implementation of remote workplace possibilities.
We are working on to propose (especially in Ukraine) an attractive alternative to old, outdated but still working experimental equipment or to expensive new one with based on FPGA adoptable, expandable, universal, efficient platform for physical experiments with remote possibilities.
We are contributing with other KAU departments and partners to KAU educational initiatives and courses based on our activities.
Maine focuses of the laboratory
- FPGA-based real-time data acquisition and analysis systems for various physical experiments
- FPGA-based development of novel instrumentation for material science experiments
- FPGA-based implementation of quantum computing algorithms and protocols for quantum information and computation
- FPGA-based digital signal processing (DSP) for time-domain and frequency-domain signal analysis in physics experiments
- FPGA-based reconfigurable computing for real-time control of complex instrumentation systems
Our team: Dr. Plyushchay Alexander, Dr. Kalenyuk Oleksiy, Andriy Dumik, Dmytro Shapovalov
Training courses we are preparing in this moment:
- “Introduction in FPGA programming for physics experiments”
This is a basic introductory course on FPGA programming for physics experiments. The training course combines the main knowledge of instrumental physics, design FPGA based digital systems for scientific experiments with application to real physics experiments in the quantum technology. Special attention is paid to scientific data acquisition, data processing and interpreting scientific experimental results. During training, you will get to know the development environment for debugging and programming FPGA systems. The practice is based on the market-dominant Intel Altera / AMD Xilinx FPGAs.
- “Advanced FPGA design for advanced physics experiments”
This is an advanced course on FPGA programming and physics experimentation and it follows and extends our “Introduction in FPGA programming for physics experiments” course. The training course focused on advanced algorithms of scientific data acquisition, processing and simulation and its implementation on FPGA systems especially for quantum systems. The practice is based on the market-dominant Intel Altera / AMD Xilinx FPGAs.
- “Selected topics of physics experiments based on FPGA systems”
This course is dedicated to special topics and new trends in FPGA instrumentation physics. It summarizes and extends knowledge and practical skills obtained on courses “Introduction in FPGA programming for physics experiments” and “Advanced FPGA design for advanced physics experiments” . The practice is based on the market-dominant Intel Altera / AMD Xilinx FPGAs.
Additionally we propose our students well known facultative courses in Coursera:
- Introduction to FPGA Design for Embedded Systems
- Hardware Description Languages for FPGA Design https://www.coursera.org/learn/fpga-hardware-description-languages
- FPGA Softcore Processors and IP Acquisition https://www.coursera.org/learn/fpga-softcore-proccessors-ip
- FPGA Capstone: Building FPGA Projects
Now to realize our plans we are looking for:
- Looking for the used FPGA boards from AMD/Xilinx or Intel/Altera that could be used for the training of students.
- Planning to use free academic licenses (for students) for CAD tools for HLS and FPGA-based system design from Intel and AMD such asImage for: Intel Quartus or Xilinx Vivado.
- Trying to get in contact with Europractice for free academic licenses for CAD tools for compilation and simulation of VHDL and Verilog models from Mentor Graphics, Synopsys and Cadence.
- Trying to get in contact with Europractice for free academic licenses for embedded design tools from Mentor Graphics.
- Looking for additional computing resources to be used over courses and research work
- Looking for possible research connection projects, possibility to have topical meetings & seminars