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International Journal of Reconfigurable Computing
Volume 2011, Article ID 952560, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/952560
Research Article

Experiment Centric Teaching for Reconfigurable Processors

Université de Brest, CNRS, UMR 3192 Lab-STICC, ISSTB, 20 avenue Le Gorgeu, 29285 Brest, France

Received 22 July 2010; Accepted 17 December 2010

Academic Editor: Michael Hübner

Copyright © 2011 Loïc Lagadec et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper presents a setup for teaching configware to master students. Our approach focuses on experiment and leaning-by-doing while being supported by research activity. The central project we submit to students addresses building up a simple RISC processor, that supports an extensible instructions set thanks to its reconfigurable functional unit. The originality comes from that the students make use of the Biniou framework. Biniou is a research tool which approach covers tasks ranging from describing the RFU, synthesizing it as VHDL code, and implementing applications over it. Once done, students exhibit a deep understanding of the domain, ensuring the ability to fast adapt to state-of-the-art techniques.