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Fifth WARP Workshop at IIT Madras, Chennai, India

December 1-2, 2007

Thank you for your interest in the Rice WARP Workshop at IIT Madras. This page will provide you with information about the location of the workshop, maps to the campus, lodging information and workshop content.

For more information about the WARP Project, please visit the WARP Repository.

Workshop Description

The Rice University WARP Workshop introduces attendees to the Rice WARP development platform, including the hardware and software tools used to develop and implement designs in WARP. Attendees will learn the complete WARP design flow, from specification of initial design parameters through implementation of designs on WARP hardware.

Registration Details

Registration is now closed. Please watch the WARP site for news of future workshops.

Tentative Course Outline

DAY 1 - 9am-5pm

  • Overview: WARP Hardware and Design Environment Attendees will learn about the hardware-level capabilities of WARP and the system-level design flow. A brief presentation will be followed by a lab exercise where attendees will use the design tools to implement a simple hardware co-processor on the FPGA.
  • WARPLab: A new design tool to interface matlab with WARP to enable off-line processing of received signals transmitted over real wireless channels.
  • PHY Implementation: Classical physical layer algorithms such as orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) will be presented in the context of physical layer design for WARP. Following the presentation, attendees will use the design tools learned in the previous exercise to generate base-band waveforms on the FPGA and upconvert them to RF using the WARP radio boards.

DAY 2 - 9am-5pm

  • MAC Implementation: Networking protocols will be discussed in the context of design realization and at-scale experimentation on WARP. Specifically, the medium access control (MAC) layer will be the focus. Using WARP's medium access framework, attendees will implement a simplified ALOHA protocol and demonstrate its capabilities with real-world traffic from a PC.

Helpful Material: Medium Access Overview and knowledge of C programming.

Attendees will utilize MATLAB, Simulink, and Xilinx Platform Studio throughout this two- day workshop. Familiarity with Xilinx development tools, specifically Xilinx Platform Studio, is helpful but not required. Familiarity with MATLAB is required. Development stations, including all required computer hardware and software, will be provided.

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at IIT Madras. Exact location will be announced soon.

Reaching IIT Madras

More information about reaching IITM can be found here.

Hotel Information

Limited accommodation is available at IITM guest houses. More information regarding hotels in the vicinity of IITM will be posted soon.

Campus Maps & Parking Info

For commuting within the campus, IITM shuttle service is available. Campus maps will be posted soon.

Contact & Other Information

For questions related to the information given here, please send an email to warpworkshop_intl[at]