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RVfpga (RISC-V fpga) Understanding Computer Architecture Workshop-May 20th&21st

May 21, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT

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2 same one-day workshops
Teaching Computer Architecture? Give us a day of your time, and we will set you up to teach with RISC-V, the fastest growing new ISA

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RVfpga (RISC-V fpga) Understanding Computer Architecture – A Hands-On, In-Person, One-Day-Workshop

Bring RISC-V to your course in computer architecture using RVfpga

This workshop shows how to use RISC-V to teach computer architecture and the design of systems on chip (SoCs). Let us empower you to teach next generation computer science, electrical and computer engineering students with hands-on real-world expertise in computer architecture and the RISC-V instruction set architecture.


What is the RVfpga workshop about?

RISC-V is a rapidly growing world-wide movement. It is open source and provides extensions, making it easier to target to various platforms. This RVfpga workshop presents a commercial RISC-V system targeted to an FPGA, discusses the theory, architecture, and course structure, and shows how to use the hands-on labs that are provided as part of the complete RISC-V FPGA (RVfpga) Course. The course explores the fundamentals of computer architecture using Western Digital’s open-source, commercial SweRV EH1 RISC-V core targeted to a Xilinx Artix 7 FPGA on Digilent’s Nexys A7 development board. Everyone will get hands-on experience with this FPGA platform and the software tools, enabling a fast start when you return to your university.


What will you learn?

The workshop shows how to quickly get the RISC-V FPGA system and RISC-V tools up and running. Then, we describe all of the RVfpga labs and show how to use and work through a selection of the labs hands-on. We also discuss how to integrate RVfpga into your curriculum.

Specific topics include:

* Installing tools (which can be done before the workshop)

* Targeting the SweRV EH1 RISC-V core and SoC to an FPGA

* Programming the RISC-V SoC

* Adding more functionality to the RISC-V SoC

* Analyzing and modifying the RISC-V-core and memory hierarchy


Workshop Schedule: 9AM to 5PM


Draft Schedule:

– Welcome, Introductions and Set-up

– Digi-Key’s Academic Programme

– Introduction to the teaching materials and workshop


– Instruction and Hands-On Labs

– Overview of the Imagination University Programme

>> Lunch Break and Networking

– Instruction and Hands-On Labs

– Feedback Forms


– How to fit RVfpga into your curriculum, Your next steps, Q&A


*The schedule for the day is subject to change. So that you can plan your travel, we will not start earlier than 9AM and our finish will be 5PM latest.

– Hotel recommendations and logistics information will be provided.



UNLV is not far from the world famous “strip” and only about 20 minutes by Uber from Las Vegas (LAS) airport.

Building: TBE-B, Room: 348



All delegates will be given access to the lecture slides and course notes, programming exercises and solutions as well as example exam questions and answers.


Note: TWO One-Day Workshops!

There are 2 consecutive one-day workshops on May 20th and 21st at UNLV, please choose the one that suits you the best!

May 20th registration:


May 21st registration:


For more information about the Imagination University Programme and RVfpga CLICK HERE.


Workshop Trainer:

Dr. Sarah Harris, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Sarah Harris earned her M.S. and Ph.D. at Stanford University. She is the co-author of three popular textbooks: Digital Design and Computer Architecture, 2nd Edition (2007), ARM Edition (2015), and RISC-V Edition (2021). Her research interests include computer architecture and applications of embedded systems and machine learning to biomedical engineering and robotics.


May 21, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Imagination Technologies
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University of Nevada, Las Vegas 4505 South Maryland Parkway Las Vegas, NV 89154 United States
University of Nevada, Las Vegas 4505 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV NV 89154 United States
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