25 Apr/23
16:00 (Europe/Zurich)
Ends: 26 Apr/23 18:00

FPGA Programming Using LabVIEW - Hands-On Workshop at IdeaSquare


3179 at CERN

What is this for?

This 2 x 2h workshop focuses on the use of LabVIEW and FPGAs for scientific purposes. No prior knowledge is assumed. The workshop is aimed at scientists, engineers and students located at CERN.

What will you learn?

You will learn the basics of a graphical programming language called LabVIEW and how to use it to program an FPGA and ARM processor (Zynq chip) inside a myRIO (Reconfigurable Input Output) device. You will learn that FPGA programming is not that complicated and not that different from programming a standard CPU when using LabVIEW.

Why is it interesting?

LabVIEW allows rapid prototyping, rapid adaptation to new requirements and making robust systems in combination with industrial hardware. It avoids many of the difficulties to program an FPGA, for instance to define the parallelism and synchronisation, and the need to learn special languages, such as VHDL, Vivado and Verilog. 

How is it different from e.g. Python or C?

LabVIEW is data driven (and not command driven), which enables parallel execution. This is of particular interest for FPGA programming. Objects (functions) are connected with wires (data) to define the algorithms, in analogy to a schematic diagram of an electronic circuit or a block diagram of a system.

Who uses it?

SpaceX for their launch pad for the Falcon rocket and Dragon spacecraft. Microsoft to test their Xbox controllers. Foxconn for their iPhone assembly lines. Duke Energy for monitoring their electrical networks. There are many others, too, also at CERN, the LHC collimator control system, for instance.


Each workshop is limited to 20 attendees. The required software and MyRIO FPGA modules will be provided, but you are asked to bring along your own laptop (if not possible, please indicate this in the registration form). Like best things in CERN, it is free or charge.

The dates are as follows, and workshops are filled in the order of registrations:

Workshop: April 25th and 26th from 16.00-18.00

The workshops will be run by Adriaan Rijllart at IdeaSquare.