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VSD-IIIT Bangalore to set a unique industry-academia model for all colleges across India regarding how tapeout-oriented ASIC design courses can be a part of a full semester curriculum, given the amount of flexibility for curriculum change and mapping to latest industry needs. And thanks to Google/Skywater/efabless for opening up the foundry information, due to which we were able to provide chip design and manufacturing experience to a whole cohort.
The different projects which we have here are 1) modifying RISC-V core so that it recognizes all these instructions to a vector accelerator 2) vector accelerator itself is decoding vector instructions and managing the execution and retirement of these vector instructions
In a nutshell, the project really is to build a Verilator Verification environment i.e. a structure in which we can set up testbenches that are executed with Verilator. The thing which is interesting in this project is we are going to tie that Verilator piece with a golden model arithmetic library and that is going to be something that you can publish as nobody else in the world has that
It’s a Verilator Testbench environment that uses an online arithmetic library to generate the right bit pattern. We are not using randoms, but we are using a Golden model. If you progress from ALU to a vector accelerator, you will have a vector lane, vector register file, vector load/store unit, vector instructions.