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CASPER Workshop 2011 (NCRA, Pune, India; October 10-14, 2011)

Day 1 :  Monday, 10th October

Session 1 : 09:00 - 10:50  [Chair : John Ford] Welcome, Introduction & Industry Perspective

  1. S.K. Ghosh (Centre Director, NCRA) : Welcome and Opening Remarks
  2. Yashwant Gupta  : Workshop logistics ppt
  3. DanWerthimer  : Introduction to CASPER ppt mp4
  4. SiddharthRele, Xilinx : Scientific Computing with FPGAs ppt mp4
  5. D. Pandian, Intel : CPU computing : Roadmap for the future ppt mp4

Session 2 : 11:10 - 13:00  [Chair : Dan Werthimer] News from Major Facilities - I

  1. Francois Kapp : The Road to MeerKAT ppt mp4
  2. John Ford : CASPER Instruments at Green Bank
  3. Matthew Bailes : Update from Parkes : The High Time Resolution Universe Surveys ppt mp4
  4. Andrew Siemion  : Making CASPER designs on FPGAs : a walk through tutorial pdf mp4
  5. Lightning Talks - Francois Kapp : Roach-2 ppt

Day 2 :  Tuesday, 11th October

"'Session 1 : 09:00 - 10:50     [Chair : MatthewBailes] Software Tools & Techniques

  1. Abhay Samant, National Instruments : Enabling Radio Astronomy Research Using Graphical System Design ppt mp4
  2. Andrew Martens : Looking forward to the perfect FFT ppt mp4
  3. Hong Chen : Developing the CASPER library : Optimize, Modify or Create a Block ppt mp4
  4. Wesley New : Integrating MyHDL with the CASPER hardware ppt mp4
  5. AmitBansod  : High Performance DSP on FPGAs using Python pdf mp4

 Session 2 : 11:10 - 13:00  [Chair : L. Greenhill] News from Major Facilities - II

  1. S. Sherlekar, Intel : A Novel Networking Scheme for HPC ppt mp4
  2. David MacMahon : PAPER Correlators : Present and Future pdf mp4
  3. Ismael Cognard : Update from Nancay pdf mp4
  4. Jonathan Weintroub  : Digital Back-ends for the SMA pdf mp4
  5. Chao-Te Li : Electronic developments at ASIAA pdf mp4
  6. Lightning talks

Day 3 :  Wednesday, 12th October

Session 1 : 09:00 - 10:55    [Chair : Jason Manley] Updates from the GMRT

  1. Yashwant Gupta : The GMRT : new results & future plans ppt mp4
  2. B. Ajithkumar : Next Generation Digital Back-ends for the GMRT pdf mp4
  3. SandeepChaudhari : Lessons from CASPER correlators at the GMRT ppt mp4
  4. Harshvardhan Reddy : Development & testing of a GPU based Correlator for the GMRT ppt mp4
  5. Jayanta Roy : A Transient Detection Pipeline for the GMRT ppt mp4
  6. KaushalBuch : A Digital Noise source for FPGAs ppt mp4

      Session 2 : 11:15 - 13:05  [Chair : Yashwant Gupta] Hardware - GPUs and FPGAs

  1. Simon See, NVIDIA : Massively Parallel Computing with GPGPUs pdf mp4
  2. Lincoln Greenhill : The Universe at Redshifts > 20 : The LEDA Project pdf mp4
  3. Jason Manley : MeerKATs novel digital signal processor pdf mp4
  4. RameshKaruppusamy : A 2.5 GHz Coherent Dedispersion System pdf mp4
  5. Michael Kandrashoff : Using GPU Correlation to Probe the Epoch of Reionization ppt mp4

Day 4 :  Thursday, 13th October

Session 1 : 09:00 - 11:00  [Chair : B. Ajithkumar] Some Non-CASPER Hardware

  1. PrabuThiagaraj : MWA Digital Receiver Development at RRI ppt mp4
  2. Andrew Brown : Next Generation ASKAP Hardware ppt mp4
  3. Jonathan Hargreaves : Recent Developments with UniBoard ppt mp4
  4. Amit Mishra : Rhino as a Cognitive Radar Platform ppt mp4
  5. Nichi D'Amico : News from Sardinia ppt mp4
  6. 1Mahesh Burse : FPGA based Systems for Optical Astronomy ppt mp4

Session 2 : 11:20 - 13:00  [Chair : J. Manley] Hardware Techniques

  1. Rakesh Mehta, MTE : Activities and Plans at MTE ppt
  2. Andrew Siemion : Exploring the Unknown with CASPER Instrumentation pdf mp4
  3. SurajGowda : High Speed/Bandwidth Instrument Development pdf mp4
  4. ShanlyRajan : A simple memory mapped driver for FPGA access pdf mp4
  5. Lightning talks - Kaushal Buch, Mayur Deshmukh : Optimising Casper Designs using Xilix Plan Ahead ppt

Day 5 : Friday, 14th October

Session 1 : 09:00 - 10:40  [Chair : Dan Werthimer] Hardware : Spectrometers

  1. SrikanthBussa : ADC083000 Characterization & Roach Spectrometer ppt mp4
  2. Ryan Monroe - Polyphase Spectroscopy: The design methodology of a 3 GHz bandwidth, 8192 channel digital polyphase spectrometer in a Xilinx XC5VSX95T FPGA ppt mp4
  3. John Ford : The Vegas Spectrometer - 1 : Monitor and Control aspects pdf mp4
  4. Mark Wagner : The Vegas Spectrometer -2 : Hardware Development ppt mp4
  5. Jayanth Chennamangalam : The Vegas Spectrometer - 3 : A GPU-based High Bandwidth Spectrometer pdf mp4
  6. Simon Scott : The Vegas Spectrometer - 4 : Low-cost FPGA Boards & High Performance GPU systems ppt mp4

Session 2 : 11:00 - 13:00  [Chair : John Ford] Hardware : ADCs, RFI& Transients

  1. Rurik Primiani : Solving the Challenges of Processing 18 GHz Bandwidth at the SMA pdf mp4
  2. Kim Guzzino : The SMA/ASIAA 10 Gsps ADC board ppt mp4
  3. Sias Malan : RFI Qualification Using CASPER Tools pdf mp4
  4. Laura Spitler : Sifting for fast radio transients using the modulation index in a high-RFI environment pdf mp4
  5. Kara Kundert : DSN Transient Observatory pdf mp4
  6. Closing remarks


Mini CASPER Taiwan Workshop (March 23 - March 24, 2011) lectures

March 23:

  1. Dan Werthimer: High level introduction to CASPER hardware and tools.(realplayer) rmvb
  2. Andrew Siemion: Introduction to CASPER tutorials, tools and instrument design.(realplayer) rmvb

March 24:

  1. David DeBoer: DACOTA: The Dense Array for Cosmology and Transient Astrophysics.(realplayer) rmvb
  2. Tzu-Ching Chang: Cylinder Radio Telescope.(realplayer) rmvb
  3. Andrew Siemion:All about spectrometers and transient instrumentation - science.(realplayer) rmvb
  4. Mark Wagner: All about spectrometers - digital design.(realplayer) rmvb
  5. Dan Werthimer: All about correlators(realplayer) rmvb

March 25:

  1. Dan Werthimer: IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? The Search for ET with help from Eight Million Volunteers html


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CASPER Workshop III (September 28 - October 2, 2009) lectures

Monday, September 28:

  1. Minister of Science and Technology : Inaugural welcome/presentation
  2. Dan Werthimer: CASPER Collaboration, Religion and Philosophy m4v PPT
  3. Justin Jonas: Meerkat Telescope m4v PPT
  4. Wallace Turner: Signal Processing Requirements for the SKA PPT
  5. Andrew Siemion: Exploration of Fast-Transient Phenomena with High Performance Computing PDF

Next generation RA Digital Backends (chair: Dan Werthimer)

  1. John Bunton: ASKAP Beamformer m4v PPT
  2. B. Ajithkumar : "Digital backends for the GMRT upgrade" m4v PDF PPT
  3. Andy Faulkner: Aperture Array Station Processing m4v PPT
  4. Matthew Bailes: A high resolution Pulsar Survey with the (mult)iBOB m4v PPT
  5. Alan Langman: MeerKAT DBE: Past, Present and Future m4v PPT


Tuesday, September 29:

CASPER applications (chair: Justin Jonas)

  1. Jason Manley: Scalable Packetised Correlators m4v PPT
  2. Aaron Parsons: The PAPER Correlator: Past and Future m4v PPT
  3. Terry Filiba: Packetised Astronomy Signal Processor m4v PDF
  4. Laura Spitler: SERENDIP V and VI: Employing BEE2 and ROACH in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at the Arecibo Observatory m4v PPT
  5. Jonathan Weintroub: Submillimeter VLBI: Imaging an Event Horizon m4v Keynote Tarball
  6. Rurik A. Primiani: A VLBI Phased-Array Processor for the SMA using iBOB and BEE2 m4v PDF
  7. John Ford: CASPER instruments at Green Bank. PDF PPT

Hardware and Low Level Tools (chair: Mike Inggs)

  1. Francois Kapp: ROACH Development m4v PDF
  2. Eric Koostra: UniBoard m4v PDF
  3. Dan Werthimer: Digitisation (current and future ADCs) m4v PPT
  4. Homin Jiang: 5 GSPS ADC Board Development m4v PPT
  5. Brandon Hamilton: Porting BORPH to ROACH m4v PPT
  6. Shanly Rajan: Automated Gateware Discovery Using Open Firmware m4v PPT


Wednesday, September 30:

CASPER Instruments I (chair: Aaron Parsons)

  1. Matthew Bailes: Pulsar coherent dedispersion using various backends: CPSR1, CPSR2, CABB, iBOB. PPT
  2. Griffin Foster: Pocket Correlators m4v PDF
  3. Nimish Sane: Integrating Dataflow Modeling with the CASPER Toolflow for Design and Implementation of Tunable Digital Downconverter m4v PPT
  4. Y. Gupta: "A software back-end for the GMRT : towards hybrid correlators" m4v PPT
  5. Ismael Cognard: Real-Time Pulsar Timing Signal Processing on GPUs m4v PDF
  6. Matthew Stevenson: A New Polarimeter for the OVRO 40m Telescope. PPT
  7. Jack Hickish: Beamforming and Calibration with CASPER m4v PPT

CASPER instruments II (chair: Yashwant Gupta)

  1. Richard Armstrong: Some Design and Calibration Considerations for Dense Aperture Arrays m4v PPT
  2. Danny Price: Correlator Architectures and Station-Level Calibration m4v PPT
  3. Billy Mallard: Infrared Astronomy with Radio Instrumentation
  4. Loren Swenson: Progress in fast, sensitive, high-resolution imaging utilizing frequency-multiplexed, superconducting resonators m4v PDF
  5. John Bunton SPDO spectrometer


Thursday, October 1:

Workshop Discussion Topic Introductions

  1. Panel introduction (Francois): Next generation hardware platform (ROACH II + ADC) PDF PPT
  2. Panel introduction (Aaron): Library and Toolflow Development
  3. Panel introduction (Jason): Correlators / Beamformers
  4. Panel introduction (Andrew S.): Pulsar machines / Transient detectors PDF
  5. Panel introduction (Dan): How Best to Collaborate
  6. Panel introduction (Yashwant): Hybrid Computing PPT
  7. Panel introduction (Jonathan): Advisory Board PDF


CASPER Workshop II (August 2-5, 2008) lectures

CASPER Promo Video '08

Saturday, August 2:

  1. Dan Werthimer: Rapid Development of Radio Astronomy Instrumentation using general purpose open source FPGA boards, tools & libraries. Camtasia Divx PDF ATA Video
  2. Andrew Siemion and Mark Wagner: An Introduction to Simulink and CASPER Instrument Design. Camtasia Divx IBOB bitstream
  3. Hayden Kwok-Hay So: Introduction to BORPH. Camtasia Divx PDF
  4. Billy Mallard: Interacting with CASPER Instruments. Camtasia Divx
  5. Mike Memmott: Fujitsu 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches. Camtasia Divx PDF

Sunday, August 3:

  1. Henry Chen: CASPER Tools FAQ - The Whole Sort of General Mish Mash. Camtasia Divx PDF
  2. Dan Werthimer: CASPER Hardware - Old, New and Future. Camtasia Divx PDF
  3. Francois Kapp: An Introduction to ROACH. Camtasia Divx PDF
  4. Terry Filiba: Version 10.1 Xilinx Tools Update. Camtasia Divx PDF
  5. Glenn Jones: CASPER Development for GAVRT at Caltech. Camtasia Divx PDF
  6. Laura Spitler: SETI Spectrometer Development for ALFA. Camtasia Divx PDF
  7. Alan Langman: Road to MeerKAT KAT-7 DBE. Camtasia Divx PDF MeerKAT Video

Monday, August 4:

  1. Bob Conn: BabyBEE - Defining the Silicon Circuit Board. Camtasia Divx PDF
  2. Jason Manley: Scalable Packetized Correlators. Camtasia Divx PDF
  3. Mel Wright: Correlation Imaging. Camtasia Divx PDF
  4. Joeri van Leeuwen: CASPER Pulsar Instruments. Camtasia Divx PDF
  5. Griffin Foster: The Fly's Eye - A Search for HERPES using the ATA. Camtasia Divx PDF
  6. Tim Bastian and Zhiwei Liu: Frequency Agile Solar Radio Telescope. Camtasia Divx PDF
  7. Oren Milgrome: ATA Beamformer. Camtasia Divx

Tuesday, August 5:

  1. Tom Kuiper: Signal Processing Ambitions for DSN Radio Astronomy. Camtasia Divx PPT
  2. Bernd Klein: Broadband FFT Spectrometer. Camtasia Divx PPT
  3. John Ford: CICADA Project. Camtasia Divx PPT
  4. Peter McMahon: Pulsar Instrumentation using CASPER Technology. Camtasia Divx PDF
  5. Yashwant Gupta: The GMRT - Current Status and Upgrade Plans. Camtasia Divx PPT
  6. Ed Wishnow: Infrared Spatial Interferometer. Camtasia Divx PPT
  7. Dan Werthimer: Is Anbody Out There? Searching for ET and Transients with SETI@home. Camtasia Divx PPT

CASPER Workshop I (July 2007) lectures

Monday:

  1. Dan Werthimer: Introduction and Overview. Camtasia Divx
  2. Aaron Parsons: Simulink Overview. Camtasia Divx
  3. Henry Chen: Infrastructure Libraries. Camtasia Divx
  4. Vinayak Nagpal: BORPH. Camtasia Divx
  5. Daniel Chapman and Andrew Siemion: TinySH. Camtasia Divx

Tuesday:

  1. Dan Werthimer: Monday Summary. Camtasia Divx
  2. Henry Chen: VLBI Digital Backend. Camtasia Divx
  3. Daniel Chapman and Andrew Siemion: Pocket Spectrometer. Camtasia Divx
  4. Chen Chang: BEE3. Camtasia Divx
  5. Aaron Parsons: FX Correlator Architecture. MP3 Board 1 JPG Board 2 JPG
  6. Aaron Parsons: Packetised Correlator Design. Camtasia Divx
  7. Joeri van Leeuwen: Pulsars. Camtasia Divx
  8. Dan Werthimer: Available and Upcoming Hardware. Camtasia Divx
  9. John Ford: NRAO. Camtasia Divx
  10. Yashwant Gupta: GMRT. Camtasia Divx
  11. Glen Jones: GAVRT (Caltech). Camtasia Divx
  12. Alan Langman: MeerKAT. Camtasia Divx
  13. Tamara Hall: Arecibo. Camtasia Divx
  14. Melvyn Wright: Real Time Imaging. Camtasia Divx
  15. Don Backer: RFI, Quantization and Linearization. Camtasia Divx

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