FPGA-based Weblab infrastructures guidelines and a prototype implementation example

Ricardo J. Costa, Gustavo R. Alves, Mário Zenha-Rela, Robert John Pooley, Campbell Wishart

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Abstract

Recent trends show an increasing number of weblabs, implemented at universities and schools, supporting practical training in technical courses and providing the ability to remotely conduct experiments. However, their implementation is typically based on individual architectures, unable of being reconfigured with different instruments/modules usually required by every experiment. In this paper, we discuss practical guidelines for implementing reconfigurable weblabs that support both local and remote control interfaces. The underlying infrastructure is based on reconfigurable, low-cost, FPGA-based boards supporting several peripherals that are used for the local interface. The remote interface is powered by a module capable of communicating with an Ethernet based network and that can either correspond to an internal core of the FPGA or an external device. These two approaches are discussed in the paper, followed by a practical implementation example. © 2009 IEEE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - ICELIE 2009, 3rd IEEE International Conference on e-Learning in Industrial Electronics
Pages57-63
Number of pages7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event3rd IEEE International Conference on e-Learning in Industrial Electronics - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 3 Nov 20095 Nov 2009

Conference

Conference3rd IEEE International Conference on e-Learning in Industrial Electronics
Abbreviated titleICELIE 2009
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period3/11/095/11/09

Keywords

  • Fpgas
  • Reconfigurable systems
  • Remote experimentation
  • Remote labs
  • Weblabs

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    Costa, R. J., Alves, G. R., Zenha-Rela, M., Pooley, R. J., & Wishart, C. (2009). FPGA-based Weblab infrastructures guidelines and a prototype implementation example. In Proceedings - ICELIE 2009, 3rd IEEE International Conference on e-Learning in Industrial Electronics (pp. 57-63) https://doi.org/10.1109/ICELIE.2009.5413209