Speaker: Steve Hoover, Redwood, EDA
Type of Course: Self-paced, on demand Course. Lab format
Dates: 3/1/21 – 3/31/21
CPUs are a fundamental building block of complex SoCs, and RISC-V is taking hold as the ISA of choice. In this workshop, you will create a Verilog RISC-V CPU from scratch, and you will modify this CPU to be suitable for different applications.
You will learn and use modern techniques, using Transaction-Level Verilog to generate and modify your Verilog code more reliably, in far less time.
You will discover how concepts like pipelining and hazards can be incorporated easily using timing-abstract design principles.
All labs will be completed online in the Makerchip.com IDE for open-source circuit design. The skills you learn will be applicable far beyond CPU design.
Outline of Topics to be Covered:
Digital logic using TL-Verilog and Makerchip
– combinational logic
– sequential logic
– pipelined logic
– a calculator circuit
Basic RISC-V CPU microarchitecture
– single-cycle CPU microarchitecture
– testbench, test program, and lab setup for your CPU
– fetch, decode, and execute logic for RISC-V subset
– control flow logic
Pipelined RISC-V subset CPU microarchitecture
– simple pipelining of the CPU
– hazards and PC redirects
Completing the RISC-V CPU
– data memory and load/store
– remaining RISC-V (RV32I) instructions
– self paced, on demand course, providing attendees a flexible schedule
– access to content for 30 days
– pre-scheduled live Zoom and chat sessions with instructors during the 30 day access period
– offline chat available with instructors during the entire 30 day access period (reply within 24 hours).
Target Audience: Engineers interested in a career in digital logic design or adjacent disciplines, including experienced engineers looking to modernize their skill set.
Prerequisites: An engineering education and basic understanding of digital logic. (Verilog knowledge is not a prerequisite.)
Benefits of Attending:
– Develop a solidified understanding of pipelined CPU design through hands-on labs.
– Acquire knowledge of advanced digital circuit design methodology.
– Gain exposure to an open-source design ecosystem.
Speaker Bio: Steve Hoover is the founder of Redwood EDA, an early-stage startup focused on advanced silicon design methodology and tools. Steve is a former logic design lead for DEC, Compaq, and Intel and has extensive experience designing high-performance server CPUs and network switches.
System Requirements: All resources are free and online; no download or installation required. We will use Slack, Zoom, GitHub Classroom, and Makerchip.com.
Registration – Decision date to run the course: February 25, 2021
Non IEEE members: $395